China catching up to U.S. in tech dominance

The Washington Post reported today that U.S. high-tech executives have warned that the U.S. could lose its dominance in the global knowledge economy, as countries like China, India and Russia develop their technology sectors. The full article is here.

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Xinhua: llegal blood dealers eye students in Shanghai

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) — Five men went on trial in Shanghai this week for using the Internet to recruit people, mainly middle-school students, to sell their blood. The Yangpu District People’s Court began hearing the case, the first of its kind in the city, on Monday. Prosecutors told the court that the men, who […]

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Journalists harassed for SARS reporting

Several journalists from the Guangdong-based Southern Metropolis News were detained yesterday, according to a report in today’s New York Times. Authorities claimed they were investigating financial irregularities at the...

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Legend unveils alliance with China Telecom

From Financial Times: “Legend Group, China’s leading personal computer maker, and China Telecom, the country’s biggest fixed-line operator, are to cooperate to promote products and services under a strategic partnership announced Tuesday. The tie-up reflects the growing integration of electronics products and telecoms services, with telephone networks increasingly being used to deliver multimedia content and […]

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Chinese Internet users wield clout

Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper reported today that protests by Internet users have led police to reopen a case against a well-connected woman who killed a peasant for scratching her BMW. The article is available here.

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China Cable says to have new largest shareholder

Reuters quoted Chinese source on last Friday that Faithful Union Limited and its director, Hong-Tao Li, will become the new single largest shareholder in the company. Washington Post used this story on Jan. 2nd. According to the story, China-based cable TV carrier China Cable & Communication Inc. said its management had “recently become aware” that […]

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Network links China, Russia

According to the Detroit News, soon scientists in the United States, China and Russia will be able to collaborate over a new high-speed computer network that includes the first direct computer link across the Russia-China border. The network, separate from the public Internet, will enable scientists to transfer huge volumes of information more quickly and […]

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Chinese government launched English cultural website

Xinhua reported three days ago that “China’s Ministry of Culture will launch its first official cultural website in English (www. on Jan. 1, 2004 to celebrate 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. …… The website would include cultural exchanges, knowledge about China, Chinese culture and cultural news, with full coverage of Chinese cultural relics, natural […]

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China floods world market with high tech products

An article in today’s Boston Globe says that China is sending a new surge of high-value, high tech exports such as cell phones, computers, electronics and cars into the world market. According to the article: “China’s Ministry of Information says home-grown firms such as TCL, Ningbo Bird Co. Ltd., and Haier Group now account for […]

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Internet transforming farming in India

Amy Waldman wrote in New York Times: “The concept is the e-choupal, taken from the Hindi word for village square, or gathering place. The twist is the “e”: providing a computer and Internet connections for farmers to gather around …… E-choupal allows the farmers to check both futures prices across the globe and local prices […]

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How High-tech Investors see China in 2003

Here is an article called “Top 10 Tech Stories Reveal Fast-Changing Landscape” on the Investor’s Business Daily. “China’s rise” was ranked the third story. “China’s stature in the tech world grew in two ways in 2003. First, more manufacturing shifted to the country, which has quickly emerged as a chip and electronics powerhouse. Second, China’s […]

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CDMA & GSM in one phone

China Tech News reports that Motorola and Samsung will be launching a combination phone that allows access on GSM networks and CDMA networks. China Unicom will be the first mobile phone provider with this new technology. There seems to be fierce competition between CDMA and GSM in Shanghai and Shenzhen but word of mouth says […]

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China to crack down on bootleg computer games

China Tech News reports that starting today, China’s State Press and Publication Administration will begin cracking down on bootleg games. Estimates of $12,000 USD a day are lost by this software piracy. Having been to Shanghai a few days ago, I think that this will be a difficult prospect. Street vendors readily sell pirated softare […]

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What Techies Learned about China in 2003

CNETASIA listed some 2003 top stories in the article called One thing we learnt in 2003: China and India pack tech muscle, and know how to flex them.” In this brief report, China came up in subjects such as offshore outsourcing, Linux platform and viruses.

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