Chen Liming, Chairman of IBM Greater China: tariffs are not the best mechanism for resolving disputes between the two countries

Titanium Media News | June 5th news: Chen Liming, chairman of IBM Greater China, published a signed article on Sino-US trade friction. In the article, Chen Liming said that he went to IBM headquarters in Armonk to interview the chairman of IBM Greater China in 2014. When he talked with the head of the headquarters about the challenges of IBM in China, he listed several different countries with China. Disputes in different fields, as well as cases of corporate and corporate. The questions that these interviews talked about made him unfortunately say something that is happening now.

In addition, Chen Liming expressed a negative attitude towards trade conflicts. He believes that the countercurrent of globalization in recent years is that some people are turning back in history, and that China and the United States should return to the correct track of dialogue and cooperation. "there will still be all kinds of ups and downs in Sino-US relations," he stressed. "however, the initial spirit of IBM's continued win-win cooperation with all walks of life will not change."

In recent years, IBM has been transforming into the cloud, but revenue has not improved. In April this year, IBM released its first quarter financial report for FY 2019. IBM's revenue for the quarter was $18.18 billion, which was lower than market expectations of $18.46 billion, down 5% from $19.07 billion in the same period last year. IDC research data shows that in China's cloud computing share, IBM ranked 9th with a share of only 3%, and Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS both achieved a 5% share. IBM clearly does not want Sino-US trade issues to dampen the cloud computing business that is undergoing transformation.

The following is the full text of Chen Liming's signed article:

At the beginning of August 2014, I went to IBM headquarters Armonk to interview the chairman of IBM Greater China. Before I went, I was worried that someone would ask me some technical questions about IT. As a layman from the oil industry, IT technology is clearly not my strength. Fortunately, no one asked me any technical questions, but several IBM headquarters leaders asked the same question: "What challenges does IBM have in China?"

I remember when I talked about the four challenges that multinational companies might face in China. The first one I mentioned is the cyclical friction between China and the United States, which has caused problems for both companies. At that time, I also cited several disputes between different countries and China in different fields, and the case of enterprises. At that time, I described only my personal observations, and it was a “outsider” to examine the opportunities, difficulties and challenges that American companies might face in China from a macro perspective. Judging from the situation in the past year, many things that are happening are unfortunately made me.

Over the past year or so, especially in recent months, with the gradual escalation of trade friction between China and the United States, it has brought many confusions and challenges to the normal operation of bilateral enterprises, which can be described as many doubts.

Internationalization, globalization is rooted in the gene of IBM, which is embodied in the name of IBM. As early as 1924, Mr. Watson (Watson), then chairman and general manager of IBM, renamed the company from CTR to IBM (International Business Machine, as IBM),. This was not only a change in name, but also the fundamental idea and vision of the internationalization of old Watson and IBM, the path of globalization, which was extremely rare and meaningful at that time. It has affected the development of nearly a hundred years since then. In 1937, old Watson put forward the ideal of "building world peace through world trade." IBM has a firm concept of internationalization, globalization, and has always adhered to this position. Because we think it will bring well-being to all mankind.

IBM and China have a deep relationship for nearly a hundred years. As early as the 1920s, IBM's products began to enter China. In 1936, IBM opened an office in Shanghai.

After the reform and opening up, IBM was the first to officially enter the Chinese market, and was one of the first multinational companies to establish a comprehensive R&D institution in China. We have witnessed the entire process of China's reform and opening up, participated in and promoted the start, development, growth and take-off of China's information technology industry; we have introduced technology, experience and ideas to cultivate hundreds of thousands of technical and commercial aspects for China. Professionals. An outstanding person in the legal profession has told me many times that the concept and training of intellectual property protection was first introduced to China by IBM.

Over the years, IBM has strictly complied with the laws and regulations of the country in which it operates, adheres to the highest code of business conduct, and rewards our customers with the best, credible, secure, reliable and stable products and services. With sincere technical cooperation to help partners, with gratitude attitude to practice corporate responsibility. To do this, we need not only the support of the enterprise's own culture and values, but also the unremitting practice of the company in the Chinese market for decades. IBM has participated in the rapid development of China over the past four decades. China has also nourished the cooperation between IBM.IBM and Chinese parties, benefiting China, benefiting IBM and benefiting the world.

China, with its world's largest population and the diligence and wisdom of the Chinese people, has made it a market of technological innovation and commercial innovation, which has become an indispensable and important force in the global strategic map. China is returning to IBM and giving back to the world with market, experience and even technology.

At present, China's reform and opening up has entered a new stage. The supply-side structural reform is intended to improve the quality of supply. The state and enterprises have increased their investment in innovation. Traditional enterprises, together with new industries, are facing digital transformation. With the implementation of Belt and Road Initiative, more enterprises will go to the international market.

With its inherent innovative genes, the technological advantages formed by a hundred years of accumulation, the successful transformation of several times of rebirth, as well as the successful cases and rich experience accumulated in more than 170 countries and regions around the world, IBM is currently transforming and upgrading Chinese enterprises. At the critical moment of Belt and Road Initiative's construction, IBM can continue to play an important role in helping Chinese enterprises to transform and upgrade and take the steps of globalization and internationalization.

Nowadays, IBM is once again on the road of transformation, that is, to become a company that uses cloud computing as a platform, cognitive computing as a solution, and focus on the industry.

In Greater China, our strategy is also very clear, that is, “co-creation with China”, on the basis of traditional IT products and services, together with Chinese companies to open to cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, blocks The journey of emerging fields such as the chain will better serve the Chinese companies and provide them with reliable, stable, available and safe products and solutions.

There will still be all kinds of ups and downs in Sino-US relations, however, the initial spirit of IBM and all walks of life to continue to work together and win-win will not change.

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