Posted by: kurtsh | April 21, 2006

NEWS: Chinese President begins U.S. tour by praising Microsoft

 
SEATTLE – Chinese President Hu Jintao began a U.S. tour by praising Microsoft Corp. and pledging to do more on the sensitive issue of protecting intellectual-property rights.
 
In the days leading up to Mr. Hu’s visit, four Chinese personal-computer companies signed deals with Microsoft agreeing to install the company’s Windows operating system on computers in the factory, a move to head off piracy. The latest deal came Monday, when Lenovo Group Ltd. agreed to a deal to install Windows on its computers. Those agreements were part of a larger flurry of trade deals before the visit that also included the purchase of Boeing airplanes and other U.S. goods valued at more than $15 billion.

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