Innovation and Learning in Asia and Africa
2. 2.1 The rapid rise of China INTRODUCTION The Chinese computer industry started relatively late compared to the much longer history of this sector in the West, but the sector has been developing very rapidly since the 1980s. Currently, China, including Taiwan, has become the number three global computer manufacturing country. After China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), it took advantage of its provision and the beneﬁts, and now the electronics industry in China has risen to number one among all the industries in the national economy ranked by growth rate, industrial size and the growth rate and size of its exports. In 2004 China’s IH products registered a manufactured value added of RMB1880 billion, which was an increase of 34 per cent over the preceding year. Added value of the industry increased at the same rate and reached RMB400 billion. The value of IT exports totalled US$141 billion, an increase of 53 per cent over the 2003 ﬁgure, which was considerably higher than China’s overall increase in exports. Among all the sub-sectors of the electronics industry, the computer industry has been growing very rapidly in recent years as the scope of national informatics is enlarged and the demand for computers rises. In 2007, it constituted the largest proportion of the Chinese electronics products manufacturing industry. In 2003, the production and sales size of the computer industry in China was 33.6 per cent of the total information technology (IT) industry. The Chinese computer industry structure is composed...
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