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China should learn from US, advises Boeing veteran

Bill Gates' office in Microsoft. Photo: Wu Jie

China is still on a learning curve in terms of core technology and overall national strength compared to the US despite becoming the world’s second-largest economy.

The rise of China was one of the foreign policy issues in the final Presidential Debate in Florida on October 22 when both incumbent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney expressed their points of view to maintain partnership with a fast developing China.

But a Chinese doctor working for the Seattle-based Boeing company warned that China still has a long way to go if it intends to scale to new heights to be a world leader.

Dr. Lu Jingbao, lead engineer of Boeing Military Aircraft, explained why America tops the world with a competitive margin.

“Natural resources, humanistic education and management, and core technology are three major elements that enable America to run clear of other countries,” said Lu who has been working at Boeing for 19 years. “Japan and Germany have reserved a substantial share of America’s premium pastures for future use while China doesn’t own one.”

“Development takes a long time. We need to learn America’s corporate culture, the way they protect Intellectual Property and the way they convert technology into business,” Lu said.

Peter Gong, president of the GreatWay Trading & Transportation Inc., echoed Lu’s view, saying China need to know America better so as to compete with the leading global force.

“We’ve got to learn their political system, economy and culture. Interestingly, the United States of America is made up of people who come from all over the world and get united and committed in such a place. We’ve got to know why they are able to do it,” said Gong.

Li Lan, vice chairwoman of Microsoft’s Chinese Association which has over 3,000 Chinese members, said the in-house rivalry among Chinese employees still exists in the office.

“Everyone has equal opportunity in Microsoft. The association is aimed at bringing Chinese together so that we can have a network to help each other,” said Li.

“Microsoft is a great platform for us to learn software development and testing as well as corporate management. I would like to pack everything up and take it back home. We shall develop our own operating system to earn our place in the world information technology.”


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