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Professor Peter Williamson talks about the new approach Chinese companies are taking in their acquisitions of foreign companies.

Instead of buying larger companies, often those in poor health, they are now acquiring smaller firms with innovative strategies, promising technology and strong R&D capabilities (especially in Europe). This new trend is set to change the global competitive landscape forever. Today’s value-added products and services and niche market segments will no longer be immune from Chinese competition and Western companies will need to respond before it’s too late.