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Yoshida in China: Beijing’s science park 2.0

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junko.yoshida
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junko.yoshida   9/18/2012 3:38:55 PM
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Yep, I had coffee there. I am glad the photo made you smile. I was at that TUSPARK building last week to meet with Nufront. The company recently moved into the space where Microsoft formerly had its office. Which company were you working there?

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SR656601   9/17/2012 4:09:46 PM
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The photo used in this article made me smile. In that middle building was our office. I have many fond memories of walking past that TUSPARK sign, rushing to get to my 8 am meetings. Right around the corner of that sign is a Starbucks. SR

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junko.yoshida   9/16/2012 9:53:50 PM
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You mentioned that "the transfer of technology aspect is a risk factor for the foreign company and especially so in the case of China." That pre-conceived notion, precisely, would hinder more companies from coming to China, and that's not a good business for Beijing's Science Park. And indeed, every foreign copmany who builds a shop here would like to hire talented local engineers. But by the time these employees leave the company, they will have accumulted a wealth of experties and knowledge. Technology transfer is already happening on that level. I actually find the Zhongguancun science park management progressive and innovative. China needs to address the IP protection issue. Without it, China continues to suffer from the image as a "risk" country. By developoing a more formal "technology transfer platform" upfront, China hopes to persuade foreign companies that it is safe to do business here. And I think that it's definitely a necessary step for Beijing's science park 2.0.

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Bert22306   9/16/2012 3:44:19 PM
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The ideas articulated in this piese are so odd to me. Perhaps I'm the one who doesn't get it. Why do corporations build research centers overseas? Is to to "transfer technolgy," as we keep hearing mentioned by Chinese government and industry? Of course not. It is instead to draw from the creativity of scientists amd engineers from these other places, and to provide the "derivatives" that government like to see when corporations want to do business in foreign countries. The transfer of technology aspect is a risk factor for the foreign company, and especially so in the case of China. I find it really odd to see that mentioned as a primary goal, when it clearly must conflict with the goals of the foreign participants. It sounds almost like a warning: come on over here, but beware of what our intentons are!

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