Tapping The Brainpower Of China

IN THE 1980S, WHEN JAPAN'S electronics giants were at the peak of their powers, U.S. officials fretted about American technology being siphoned to Asia through cross-border alliances and acquisitions. Now, the pendulum has swung back. Companies such as AT&T and Sun Microsystems Inc. are tapping Russia's wealth of physicists and electrical engineers. And the scientific resources of China could be the next gold mine.

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