For all its advantages in manufacturing and labor cost, China is a complex and potentially expensive environment for IT. CIOs face daunting infrastructure and cultural challenges and a deeply authoritarian and capricious political system. This collection of articles will help CIOs develop strategies that accommodate Chinese differences without compromising the goals of the business.\nThe China GambitChina, starved for executive talent, is importing CIOs from the West. And discovering how IT works\u2014and doesn't\u2014in this emerging factory to the world is supercharging their careers.\nLeaks in the Great Wall\n\n\nThere is growing interest in outsourcing software development to China, but some CIOs worry about protecting their intellectual property in a country where software theft is perceived to be widespread. Is that perception accurate? \nMaking it in China\nChina is not for everyone, because of the high logistical costs of getting products into, around and out of the mainland. Here's how to figure out if and how China should be in your company's future.\nWhen East Meets West on IP RightsChina, long known as a nation that does not respect intellectual property rights, says that it is taking steps to protect the IP of U.S. companies. But the reality is that not much may happen for years due to the fragmented Chinese business culture.\nYou'll Sneeze If Your Suppliers Get the Flu\n A simulation at MIT of an avian flu outbreak in China underscores the need for companies to consider possible supply chain disruptions as part of their plans for handling emergencies.\nThe Censored InternetAs the Internet matures into a global medium for both commerce and information, can these uses coexist? Or must companies trample free speech to do business in China?