China remains a favoured nation for investment by US IT companies, despite its recent sabre-rattling prior to elections in Taiwan, which prompted the arrival of US warships.
Last week it was announced that Microsoft had signed a co-operation agreement with a Chinese company, while HP opened a $5 million computer products business in Shanghai.
HP Jinqiao Computer Company is expected to produce 100,000 PC units annually, which brings the number of projects run by HP in China to eight. So far the company has invested more than $200 million country wide.
Microsoft declined to give financial details of its deal with User Friend Software, but said the agreement would focus on the development of managerial software for Windows NT. The company expects to launch a Chinese version of Windows NT before the end of this year.
Last month Microsoft announced that it would work with Motorola to develop a Chinese version of NT for the Power PC platform.
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