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China Unveils New Three Year Plan of Innovation, Ball Point Pens? WTF?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 18, 2011

Uncle chicom is rushing headlong into one of the most important yet underdeveloped product markets. Fresh off the communist ‘contact high’ from the recent meetings here in the land of pollution and glum, the Chinese are pulling out all the stops.
They, in order to overcome the image of their backwards production measures and shitty quality are now entering into the …..
Ball point pens? Check the article below, it made the front page of the chinadaily today. Uncle chicom says he is no longer going to be beholden to foreign devils and their sub par pens and as such is setting off to rid themselves of their dependency on companies such as Bic and Mount Blanc.
Is it just me or are they pretty bizarre? Or is it another case of Chinese arrogance, such as they exhibited thousands of years ago, where they assume that they can do it better than the filthy foreigners?

” BEIJING – Since there’s little chance of making a better mousetrap, the government of China is putting its research dollars into improving another invention: the ballpoint pen.
China is set to launch a three-year project to develop its own technologies for making ballpoint pens, the Ministry of Science and Technology said. The country’s manufacturers currently rely heavily on foreign technology for their production. With a fund of 60 million yuan ($9.1 million), the project will run from June 2011 to June 2014, a statement from the ministry said.

The project to make ballpoint pens a home-grown product will mostly focus on developing core production techniques, including producing inks, pen points and mechanisms to combine the two.”Using advanced technologies to renovate and upgrade traditional industries is an important part of China building an innovative country,” said Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang.”

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