Microsoft has ended security and support for the outdated XP system worldwide. The harsh reaction in China points to heavy local dependence on XP, which is cheaper than newer operating systems. Because of its market size, the country can get results by protesting against a multinational corporation -- particularly one with ambitions to grow.
Xiaomi means 'small rice' -- and big business -- in China's smartphone market.
China and the Philippines are in a dispute over an area of the South China Sea. Oil reserves, fishing rights and half the world's marine shipping traffic are at stake.
'In the short term, share prices are going to be affected. If this situation at the legislature keeps going on goes on, share prices will be more heavily affected and foreign investors will start to waver.' -- Shih Hsiao-chi, economist, SinoPac Securities
'Traditional funds might stay away, though you might see locals with some higher risk appetite. It's the risk you'd get with lack of transparency. You're not very sure of their background or level of experience.' -- Lorraine Tan, equity researcher, S&P Capital IQ
"I have rarely felt threatened. Certainly people should take precautions like they would anywhere in the world, and they should know that they are a guest in this country, but by and large I would say China is safe for most foreigners." -- Scott Kronick, author of The Lighter Side of China.
Chinese smartphone brands have gained market share overseas through a combination of 'good-enough' quality and competitive pricing.
The Chinese real estate market has been zooming ahead. New relaxed regulations have stabilized prices a bit and may prove attractive to investors.
Defaults are rare compared to the amount of lending in China.
First it bought IBM's laptops. Now it has Motorola Mobility's smartphone business. Both bring Lenovo more access to consumers in the U.S. and Latin America.