Monday, May 09, 2005

China Claims its Software Industry Surpasses that of India

From The Times Of India: China overtakes Indian IT industry, exports

"China, whose software exports surged to 2.8 billion US dollars, has claimed that the scale of its software industry has surpassed that of India and South Korea.
The scale of China's software industry in 2004 reached 230 billion yuan (27.84 billion US dollars), up 2.8 times when compared to that of five years ago, surpassing India and South Korea, a senior official from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) said."

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Not everybody seems to agree though:

From The Epoch Times: China’s Claim to Be Number One in Software Sales Is Debunked

"It is known in the software industry that India writes 60% of the world’s financial software. There are also numerous software companies in India employing more than 10,000 people. How many sizable software companies are in China? How many international software companies are there? How many decent software products are made in China? India is known for its software applications, which it creates mostly for exportation. Software made in China, however, is mostly for domestic use."

Comments made on the Internet forum showed that people weren’t buying Chinese officials’ propaganda about China’s software industry:
“I want to cry. How can our officials be so shameless?”
“It’s our population that has exceeded that of India. It looks like the Ministry of Information Industry doesn’t know how to do math.”

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