We will not name names here.
Suppose you are a country that puts harmless Falun Gong practitioners in jail, sides with evil tyrants like Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and hates super-peaceful vegetarian Tibetan Buddhists like the Dalai Lama.
Suppose you own most of the major corporations in your country, and would like to create a new corporation, a real kick-ass one, one that could kick USA’s ass.
Suppose that you are sitting on a mountain of cash right now, and can’t wait to spend it on the investment opportunity of a lifetime, “a sure thing”. An investment that promises a bonanza of technological progress for your country, and that has the seal of approval of the egg heads (backed even by a $100,000 bet from an MIT computer science professor).
Suppose that Facebook’s $100 billion IPO makes you green with envy because you feel left out. Why? because (1) The US government would never allow you to own a large piece of Facebook (2) Social networking isn’t exactly your cup of tea—the possibility of social networking being used by the citizens of your country scares the bejesus out of you. (3) You already have all the latest Facebook (and Google) source code anyway (wink).
Suppose you have a flair for cyberspying and would like an investment that would reinforce this little hobby of yours. An investment that would take some of the drudge-work out of cracking codes.
Then have I got an investment opportunity for you!
No, not buying swamplands in Hunan province. That’s not high-tech.
One word. Well no, not plastics. You already control that.
Okay. Two words:
(Well, 2 words in English. I have not idea how many words those symbols represent in your language).