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China Fast Forward: The Technologies, Green Industries and Innovations Driving the Mainland's Future by Bill Dodson

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Chapter 3

The Silicon Paddies of China

My host for the day at the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) International Science Park was a petite, articulate Chinese government official, Daisy Gao. Ms. Gao directed the promotional affairs of the Science Park, which is SIP’s magnet campus for attracting information technology (IT), business process outsourcing (BPO), and R&D companies to the city of Suzhou. Suzhou is a short, 25-minute ride by bullet train due west from Shanghai. Chinese call Suzhou the Venice of China because it is laced with canals that run through the city and connect it to the Pacific Ocean and Lake Tai, China’s third largest freshwater lake. Daisy represented the latest generation of Chinese government officials. She was in her late twenties, a newlywed when we met, spoke perfect English, and was professional and relaxed with Westerners. I first encountered the bespectacled promotion officer four years before, when I represented an American manufacturer looking for potential investment sites in China. Now, like SIP itself, she had shifted her focus to the services sector, especially the information and knowledge management industries. “We know manufacturing is very important to China’s development,” she told me, “but it is not enough to employ all the people. We have to develop the services industries, too.”

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