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Electronics Industry
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In 1949, the Chinese Communists inherited a small electronics industry comprising less than 1% of China's industrial production. Under Mao's leadership, the electronics industry was developed with help from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. This sector supported the Chinese military, as well as supplied basic consumer products such as radios and televisions. The technological level of these facilities was low by global standards, however, and production was primarily for domestic use.

With the opening policies of Deng Xiaoping in the early 1980s, Hong Kong companies be…

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Prime, Penelope, “Electronics Industry”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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