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China plans to make a big splash with the launch of its first home-grown cruise ship later this year. It will be the nation’s first voyage into a sector dominated by European shipyards, and a critical step in reducing reliance on external sources. Lavish, unsinkable and afloat by May Known as the H1508, construction began …

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"According to the Bangkok Post, Chinese shipyards have little choice but to buy materials directly from Europe, study them, and aim to incubate a domestic supply chain that will eventually support local manufacturing."

A polite way of saying that rampant IP theft and industrial espionage by the Chinese has made Western companies very wary of any kind of collaboration with Chinese companies. 

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