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Beijing plans to demand foreign manufacturers design, manufacture multifunctional devices in China 

  • July 3, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Sunday’s Yomiuri gave top play to its finding that the Chinese government is planning to introduce a new regulation to require Japanese and other foreign manufacturers of multifunctional office equipment to design and manufacture such products in China. Devices such as printers, scanners, and other products that fail to meet the requirements are likely to be excluded from submitting tenders to central and local governments and public companies. The paper wrote that there is strong concern within the Japanese government and corporate circles that the new regulation could constitute a “de facto forced transfer of technology” that might result in key technologies being leaked to China. The paper also wrote that currently many U.S., Japanese, and other foreign manufacturers design and develop products in their own countries and have them manufactured and assembled at factories in China. In many cases, such products are labelled “made in China.” This prevents business secrets from leaking to China, but once the new regulation is introduced, companies will be forced to drastically review their current operational methods. 

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