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Comment Re:Shill (Score 1) 150

Defenders of IP? Seriously. Can you explain the rampant piracy.

Because the Chinese market (still) is dominant by huge number of small and tiny businesses, whereas the US is dominant by big businesses like Walmart. There are no effective ways to enforce millions of small poor targets whereas big corps are big and worth-while targets for the lawyers. On the other hand, try start a local store in the US to see how hard it becomes to compete against the mega store chain. Same for quality control problem

Secondary, it is a matter of stage of economic development. It's like every one has to go through trouble-making teenage. It is unrealistic (and probably not fair, because else they would be crushed by IP tolls imposed by foreign corps and would remain poor) to have developing economies following rules set by developed ones.

Defenders of global markets and free trade? Can you say state run/controller businesses, slave labor and currency devaluation.

Why have state-run/controlled businesses become a competitive edge? Those are known as the iron rice bowls in China. China actually tried to privatize their state-own companies but met great resistance because that would cause massive unemployment.

Slave labor? 1) It came off a very very low base; 2) There are 5x laborers in China and than in the US and so wage as well as working conditions have to suffer; 3) it has been risen exponentially for last many decades; 4) people in China are not forced to work, defying the very definition of slavery like that in the 18th century US.

Currency devaluation? 1) for most of the last 4 decades, the Chinese government are restricting people from buying USD; 2) the black market had a lower valuation for Yuan before the mid-1990s eventually forcing the government to re-evaluate the currency to the black market rate; 3) we should thank the Chinese government for popping up up Yuan, else it would have the exchange rate of Koran won or Japanese yen.

Submission + - The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse (

hackingbear writes: China is not only taking the spotlight in strong defense of global markets and free trade, filling a vacuum left by retreating Western capitalist democracies, China is quickly becoming a (if not the) global leader in intellectual property protection and enforcement. And there too, just as Western democracies (especially the United States) have grown increasingly skeptical of the value of intellectual property and have weakened protection and enforcement, China has been steadily advancing its own intellectual property system and the protected assets of its companies and citizens. In addition to filing twice as many patents as the US, China is increasingly being selected as a key venue for patent litigation between non-Chinese companies. Why? Litigants feel they are treated fairly. Reports indicated that in 2015, 65 foreign plaintiffs won all of their cases against other foreign companies before Beijing’s IP court. And even foreign plaintiffs suing Chinese companies won about 81 percent of their patent cases, roughly the same as domestic Chinese plaintiffs. China’s journey from piracy to protection models the journeys of other Western and Asian countries. While building its industrial economies, the U.S. and major European powers violated IP laws with no consideration. As reported by the Guardian, Doron Ben-Atar, a history professor at Fordham University, has noted that “US and every major European state engaged in technology piracy and industrial espionage in the 18th and 19th century.” It took Western economies a hundred or more years to change that behavior. China’s mind-whipping change is happening over decades, not centuries.

Comment Re:Lol China (Score 0) 42

I've been to Hong Kong, full of pirate goods there as well. And I told you the same applied to the USA. The USA had stolen/copied much of its textile tech from the UK. Before that the West had stolen silk making tech from China. This is a guilt that every country has committed. After they developed, they then become patent trolls. I guess people in KH are too naive to know what "patent trolls" are.

I dealt with a Hong Kong company which makes a women underware brand (Meizi); they make good products and sell very well in China. Then they want to sell in the US. I told there is not a chance because the American culture will not accept a brand from Hong Kong.

What I don't understand is that why many young Hong Kongers hate mainland China so much. I think they looked down at mainlanders before because China was very poor and now become envious because (the developed part of) China already surpass HK. But study the history of Hong Kong, without trading with China, Hong Kongers would be eating shits now (or their parents would not migrate to Hong Kong from China.)

And what about democracy? What a joke. LOL you want HK and China to become India, Mexico, Brazil, or the USA? Remember China has 1.3 billion people and it pulled itself out of poverty in 50 years.

Submission + - Even China Can't Kill Bitcoin (

hackingbear writes: As part of an effort to control capital outflows, the Chinese central bank required bitcoin exchanges to suspend withdrawals until they could update their compliance systems. Trading on the exchanges took a big hit, but the bitcoin activity resurfaced on less formal over-the-counter venues like craigslist-like sites LocalBitcoins, or WeChat channels. Even if a government shuts down every bitcoin node in its country, a bitcoin user can still transact as long as a single node is accessible overseas. This puts regulators in a tough spot. It’s hard to control something that exists nowhere and everywhere at the same time. This is nothing new for the Chinese regulators though. For most of the last three decades, including now, the Chinese government has been trying to pop up the value of Yuan, contrary to the currency rate suppression narratives you might have heard repeatedly in the last decade, by restricting citizens from buying U.S. dollars, only seeing that the vibrant black markets reset Yuan's rate to the lower real market value. Markets can’t be regulated out of existence. The next best thing might be to let them operate in the open.

Comment who wants boring stress jobs? (Score 1) 660

While many on /., including me, do engineering because we are geeky and love the challenge, that's not the case for average people. For average people, programming or tinkering with computers are boring and stressful jobs. They might choose to do it because the field has brighter employment future. That's why Americans don't want to take up the jobs. Even in China, the newer generation would avoid engineering and opt for finance or entertainment, because as the newer generations grow up a richer economy and so no longer under stress for survival.

Once you have a lot of people entering the fields, there will also be sufficient number of good practitioners produced.

So if the employment prospects of other fields are dimmer, Americans will rush back into engineering. They already started the shift, witnessing all the talks about computer science classes for kiddies.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Another omission pointed out in this Hongkong news pager, translation: the location, while international water, are within the "economic zone" of China; the international law said the owning country has the right to manage commercial activities but does not really say if military survey is allowed. So US takes use of this loophole while China can claim they don't know if it is commercial or military until it retrieved and examined the object.

After all, this is just extension of the SCS game of words in order to fool each country's (American and Chinese) citizens to support their respective government and spend more money on the military industry complex.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

[editing error in previous comment; here it is again]

Except that China did agree to arbitration.

Citation needed. No, they have never sent any official delegate (see my quora link) and their official spokesman had repeated many times that they were not participating.

An arbitration panel is a form of judgement forum, not a court. A court is something you have to follow but arbitration is not unless you agreed to beforehand; that's why you signed contracts agreeing to arbitration but never a contract agreeing to court ruling.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Except that China did agree to arbitration.

Citation needed. No, they have never sent any official delegate (see my quora link) and their official spokesman had repeated many times that they were not participating.

An arbitration panel is a form of judgement forum, not a court. A court is something you have to follow but arbitration is not unless you agreed to beforehand; that's why you signed contracts agreeing to arbitration but never a contract agreeing to court ruling.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

That's what the courts told China.

Except that's not a real international court, something you are usually not told by the West media. It is a basically an arbitration panel paid for by Philippine (who now falls to China.) Guess how will such a panel rule. you don't abide to arbitration ruling unless you first agree to; and China never did agree to abide such arbitration.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Difference is that there isn't an island an no one recognizes their claim.

That's what you have been told, just like you were told Iraq had WMD.

1) the interpretation "island" comes down to who pays the "judge"; (for example, one of Taiwan's claim -- a very big island, forgot the name -- was ruled non-island since the ruling party earlier this year was KMT who is more pro-China;

2) The initial claims are not made up by the PRC; they were made up by the ROC (the Taiwanese government) when they still ruled China after WW2 and those claims were agreed to in international treaty signed by US, Russia, UK and nobody has made much a big deal until now. Why now? Because China is becoming the biggest economic competitor of the US. (Back when China was a backward communist country, we betrayed Taiwan and befriended with China, OK'd with their claims and opened our market, just so we could partner with them to fight the Soviet.)

Comment Key omission from American media (Score 4, Informative) 199

If you read the Chinese news report, the statement says it "seize the unknown object because it posed safety concern to the passing sea traffic". Of course, it is an excuse. But given we use the excuse of "freedom of navigation" to intrude within the 12 nm of their claimed island, it is a fair game.

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