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By Mark Saunderson President Global Sources Industry giants like Thomson, Sony, Philips and Apex Digital are manufacturing their DVD players in China. The biggest retailers in the United States, like Wal-Mart, Target, RadioShack and Kmart have strong sourcing divisions in China, and if they don't have an office there, they definitely are going there. China's DVD sector has well over 400 exporters of the product, including 300-plus manufacturers. The bulk of output comes from the Dongguan-Huizhou-Shenzhen triangle in the southern province of Guangdong, which is home to at least 200 manufacturers of DVD players. The second largest production base is eastern China: Shanghai, Jiangsu

Industry giants like Thomson, Sony, Philips and Apex Digital are manufacturing their DVD players in China. The biggest retailers in the United States, like Wal-Mart, Target, RadioShack and Kmart have strong sourcing divisions in China, and if they don't have an office there, they definitely are going there. China's DVD sector has well over 400 exporters of the product, including 300-plus manufacturers. The bulk of output comes from the Dongguan-Huizhou-Shenzhen triangle in the southern province of Guangdong, which is home to at least 200 manufacturers of DVD players. The second largest production base is eastern China: Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Outside the two major

China's accession into the World Trade Organization, an event expected to occur late this year or early the next, will change the overseas' electronics manufacturing landscape radically. We will feel the changes here, if we are not already. Not only will more China-based manufacturers attempt to enter the U.S. retail market, but the world view that places the U.S. market at the center of the consumer electronics universe is likely to change. China, with all of its business nightmares (payment defaults, counterfeiting, patchy infrastructure, distribution quagmires), is home to nearly one fourth of the world's population. Vendors, and not a few retailers, are gunning to

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