The Global Knock-on Effects of China’s Home-Grown Standards Preferences

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 2, 2012 3:48 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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For years now, China has annually invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing and implementing a sophisticated IT standards strategy. That strategy is intended to advance a variety of national interests, most obviously to enable Chinese manufacturers to retain a larger share of domestic market sales, and gain a larger and higher margin share of global sales.  But there are other motivations at work as well, one of which ensuring that Chinese authorities can keep a close watch on the Chinese people.

The resulting tension between Chinese and Western standards development priorities was highlighted once again last week in an article posted at the China Daily Web site titled New Standard for Security and subtitled, “Country works to decrease reliance on foreign surveillance equipment.” The upshot? According to China Daily: "Since China takes up so large a part of the world market for surveillance, SVAC may spread to other places quickly if it becomes popular in its country of origin.

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