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Jul 13, 2000, 06:37 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Shanghai Shangling Electric Appliance said it may take part in a government project led by President Jiang Zemin's son Jiang Mianheng to thwart Microsoft's dominance of China's computer software industry."

"Shangling is looking at forming a venture with Shanghai Fuye Industrial & Trade Development, a little-known subcontractor in the Chinese government's program to develop its own version of Linux operating software."

"We're moving into technology from traditional manufacturing through equity investment," Shangling spokesman Cao Jun said...."

"It also underscores the Chinese government's determination to steer the country away from dependence on U.S. technology. Microsoft's Windows operating system is used to run 90 percent of the world's computers."

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