I too add my congrats ; the electronics sector you describe is just an example among others. After some trips in Asia and Russia, i feel that we, in the West, live in a parrallel universe. I just hope that all those countries (China, India, Corea ...) will stay away from our so called 'values' and be different. Another example? my generation was attracted by the US of A as you say. But no more. My two sons (all two engineers) are working now in Asia. One in Thailand and the other in Hong-Kong. They are so happy i doubt they will be back. They dont miss France, except for some things like cheese and wine, but thats all.
Definitely there are a lot of grandstanding and posturing going on between China and the West. Politically, it is interesting to follow and even it's fun to write about it. But frankly, we shouldn't get caught up with it too much.
I am not saying those things are unimportant (or insignificant). They are critical in our diplomatic relations which will be necessary to give stability to our economy.
However, we should NOT lose sight on what's going on in our business in a much smaller sacle. The disconnect between what's going on in China and what we THINK going on in China can be big. We should know not only who those [sencond tier] players are, what aspirations they have, but how we can actually work together whenever wherever it is necessary and appropriate.
Add my congrats to the others on this very thoughful piece. It strikes me that the interface between China and the U.S. is very complex. There is certainly contention in terms of attitude towards media (Note the recent shutdown of access to dvdfab.com, where they sold software to duplicate DVD and Blu-Ray discs) and espionage (reference any number of recent stories on both sides). At the same time there are numerous instances of smaller companies cooperating across this border. My sense is that people and smaller companies on both sides are getting closer together while large institutions / governments are becoming more antagonistic. It seems like that combination has to break one way or the other at some point. Am I too far off base on that?
If you didn't hear this before, then let me say it again: your China reports are miles ahead of anyone else reporting in this sector, as far as transporting the ground realities in tech / semi market of China to the wider audience. I have one suggestion. There ought to be a central location where readers like me can access all your China-focused/centric reporting, blogs, articles, interviews, etc. This EETimes site is quite user-un-friendly, hard to find anything other than a chicken-scratch set of links. Why don't you, Junko Yoshida, put yourself a free Wordpress blog, and crosspost all such China articles over there? That'd be quite useful for readers, you know? Anyway, just a suggestion, and thanks for your China reporting!