All The Tech in China

Everything about China, good and bad, is big

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Photo: Stock Connection Distribution/Alamy

Everything about China, good and bad, is big: its population, its cities, its Miracle-Gro economy, its trade volume, its piracy problem, its Internet-censorship effort. China today is the dragon in the living room of the world market. And everyone in that market has to come to terms with it.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in technology. It’s as if the entire Chinese economy is obeying Moore’s Law. China’s seemingly instantaneous transformation from impoverished agrarian state to on-the-move superpower is being driven by its embrace of all things technological—the Internet,wireless communications, consumer electronics, computers, automobiles, digital television, and nuclear energy.

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