Mark 85 said:
The Chinese only recognize patents/copyright by Chinese companies and citizens.
That might be what their legal code says, but even that isn't in force in practice on the ground. I hear that even Huawei have troubles with rip-offs of their network gear appearing out of factories in China that Huawei don't own. So its not just us that they do it to, some of them are quite prepared to **** on their own door step.
Unfortunately there seems at least in part to be a culture of get rich quick no matter what. Hence the plastic-in-milk scandals, repeated despite the original perpetrators being executed. There's all sorts of food scandals, USB hard drives made from steel nuts, small flash sticks and trick firmware, you name it.
This kind of thing can be very damaging for an economy. GDP growth is one thing, but if the quality of that growth is poor, you basically end up wasting all that and doing it all over again. What matters is high quality growth. This is why Japan, despite being poor in terms of GDP growth, isn't going under, because literally everything they do is of the highest possible quality. Makes a huge economic difference.