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China Tech Goes Global, Both Good And Bad – Forbes


China tech is going global. This trend is one of the ongoing drivers of China’s leap in technology from copiers to innovators as China’s entrepreneurs work hard and innovate fast.

A few years ago, very few Chinese brands were known outside their home country. China’s smart phone maker Xiaomi was one of the exceptions. Xiaomi has become the top seller in India and it’s a leading brand in China, too.

Now other China tech makers are becoming recognizable internationally as Chinese tech continues to advance. Even in developing Caribbean nations such as Jamaica, where I recently moderated some technology sessions at the so-named Tech Beach Retreat, attendees largely from the region knew the names of the Chinese tech titans and what they do.

China tech is not always viewed in a favorable light, as we have seen with TikTok, the China-made, 15-second video app. TikTok has caught on like crazy among youngsters who can’t wait to create their video selfies set to music. But it’s also been hit with claims of censoring user videos, blacking out content that could be considered objectionable by China overseers.

China’s drone maker DJI, the world leader, also has moved into the public limelight. If you’re into drones, it’s hard to avoid it. DJI owns a good chunk of the drone market globally. But DJI too, is becoming known for other reasons, chiefly that its drone could pose a security issue in the U.S.

This is the peril of becoming successful, of advancing too quickly. It can become a threat, an upset to the status quo. Instead of being cheered on, the rallying cry is put a stop to the this rising threat.

Today, innovation doesn’t follow along country borders. It thrives when the best of many worlds can be developed. With the U.S. and China as the two tech superpowers, a lot of the action has been centered here, and advancements have developed.

What’s at stake now is the long cooperation and collaboration between these two titan countries. Innovation globally has benefited from this highway. Now if these two markets go their separate ways, the result could be a slowdown in innovations, and ultimately, higher prices for businesses and consumers.



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