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Those that followed my traveling along the coast of China last year will remember that, while my laptop's security seemed to hold up under the Chinese assault (the BIOS had been "a bit" customized), it was crippled to the extent that I had to wipe the hard disk and start over when I got home (it took a clutz of an Avis shuttle driver to put a stake in the heart of the PC this year). A few years ago, Huawei Technologies bought 3COM and, no doubt like many other network manufacturers, copied Cisco equipment and technology. More importantly, the fear might be that the componants the equipment is built from allow those familiar with built-in flaws (presumably the Chinese government) to take advantage of these faults. (BTW, it would make sense that the Chinese might be equaly concerned about using our hardware and those that use Israeli and other sophisticated electronics must have similar concerns.

This is not paranoia, but a risk that has to be balenced against the reward.

So the question for an investor would be:
"Will Cisco, et al, sell more in the US with these guys gone than they lose in sales on the other side of the pond?

As an aside, there is a ton of "grey market" Cisco stuff that gets transshipped from hina to the US and, even with a couple of extra distribution layers and the extra cost of shipping, sells for a fraction of what legit (made for the US market) Cisco stuff sells for.
Is this dumping there or taking advantage here (the way the pharma firms do)?

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