Asia

Supply Chain Infrastructure

The Chinese economy has been growing rapidly despite an underdeveloped supply chain network. Most Chinese manufacturing companies do not yet rely on supply chain systems, but the environment is becoming increasingly competitive and many enterprises will find it difficult to survive if they do not make their sourcing, production and distribution more efficient. That makes the supply …

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Chinese Legal System Hinders IP Protection Efforts

If finding a software pirate is as simple as walking down the street and looking around for wheelbarrows, why is China—home of the largest authoritarian government on the planet—having problems catching these guys? One reason could be that it’s not arresting them that’s hard; it’s keeping them locked up that’s the problem. Local bureaus of …

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Cost for Windows falls—to 50 cents—in China

Despite three years of attention by lawmaking committees and a steadily increasing roster of laws protecting intellectual property, China is a shopper’s paradise for all things pirated—handbags, jewelry, movie DVDs, and, of course, software. Vendors pushing wheelbarrows piled with CDs offer Windows 98, 2000 and XP for as little as 4 yuan—just 50 cents. A …

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