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Digital Wars, 2nd Edition by Charles Arthur

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Chapter Seven

China

For years in the 20th-century China was a byword in the west for cheap and unreliable items: childrens’ toys that fell apart within hours of being used, toxic paints, fakes. That began to change when the Chinese government decided that it should pursue economic growth, and the rise of factories and cities began to create a middle class as the population shifted from rural to urban areas, as had happened in the 1700s in Britain and the rest of Europe and North America with the Industrial Revolution.

By the late 1990s, China was competitive in a number of areas – and the burgeoning middle class meant that there were people who would require the new computing power on offer from PCs. The idea of a PC on every desk – or in every ...

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