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China and Asean-a good fit?
When western companies move to China, questions of protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR) usually arise. IPR issues are always a contentious in the China context. Recently, the Chinese government has taken aggressive steps to improve the enforcement of IPR matters within its borders to make it less threatening for foreign companies to locate there.
However, what will happen when China moves its technology not into western countries but its Asean neighbors? Will they share their technology with their neighbors? A “test case” for this scenario may be developing in Thailand.
Today the Thai government proposed to take a 60 percent stake in a joint venture with China to construct a 620-kilometer high-speed railroad between Nong Khai on the Cambodian border and Bangkok. The agreement is expected to be signed in April.
The involvement of China should be beneficial to Thailand as the State Railway has been in the red for many years. Hopefully, with improved high-speed railways more passengers will be attracted to the system, especially from the tourist sector, and the state railway system can stage a comeback.
Thailand hopes that the train carriages will be built in Thailand and if that occurs, a technology transfer would need to occur. The two countries are slated to discuss this issue and it will be of great interest to see what the outcome will be as China develops its relationships with its Asean neighbors.
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