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Three questions about GitHub's entry into China: why come to China? How to enter China? What's the point?

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According to the financial times, Erica Brescia, chief operating officer of GitHub, said in an interview that it was considering setting up a subsidiary in China because of concerns about restrictions from the US government.If GitHub's plan to enter China is implemented, it will be of great significance to both GitHub and Chinese developers.

Why does GitHub come to China?

As Erica Brescia mentioned in the interview, GitHub is considering setting up a subsidiary in China because of the concerns of the US government restrictions. In fact, earlier this year, GitHub restricted the access of developers from Russia, Iran, Syria, Cuba and other countries due to the pressure of the United States government, which caused strong dissatisfaction among developers.

Hamed Saeedi, an Iranian developer, once complained:

GitHub has blocked my account and they think I'm developing nuclear weapons.

Note to Lei Feng: Twitter screenshot of NAT Friedman

Not only Hamed Saeedi, but also a large number of foreign social media developers are dissatisfied with GitHub's access restrictions due to its nationality. Then, GitHub CEO NAT Friedman responded on twitter, explaining:

It's painful to hear how trade restrictions hurt people. We did our best to do only what the law required. But clearly, people will be affected. GitHub is subject to U.S. trade law, just like any company doing business in the United States. Unfortunately, in order to comply with US sanctions, we have to impose restrictions on accounts in Iran, Syria and Crimea.

As a result, there are examples from other countries. In order to keep the Chinese market, GitHub should consider setting up a subsidiary in China. So why does GitHub value China so much?

According to the 2019 annual report released by GitHub, GitHub currently has more than 40 million developers worldwide, 80% of which are from outside the United States. And in the past year, nearly 10 million new developers have joined the GitHub community, contributing to 44 million open source projects around the world.

Outside the United States, China is the country with the most open source use. Data shows that in 2019, the projects of Chinese developers fork and clone increased by 48% compared with last year.

In addition, in terms of the number of open source projects, Hong Kong, China is the largest contributor. In addition to open source projects, in terms of public and private contributions, the development community in Asia grew rapidly in 2019, and 31% of the Asian contributors came from China.

It can be seen that for GitHub, Chinese developers are an indispensable and important part, and the loss of the Chinese market may have a significant impact on the income of GitHub.

It is worth mentioning that GitHub wasMicrosoftWith the acquisition of $7.5 billion, GitHub, as a subsidiary of Microsoft, plans to enter China, which is actually a part of Microsoft's layout in China. After all, Microsoft's cloud service azure has already been deployed in China, and if GitHub enters China, it can also produce synergy effect with azure and further strengthen Microsoft's influence in the Chinese developer community.

How will GitHub enter China?

In fact, GitHub's move to enter China has long been heralded. This year, Erica Brescia visited China many times. In mid September, Erica Brescia personally hosted GitHub's first event in China. In December, Erica Brescia also held meetings with developers in Shenzhen and Beijing.

Lei Feng: screenshot of Erica Brescia

Although GitHub's entry into China is still in its infancy, before that, it has been predicted how GitHub will enter China.

One of the guesses is that GitHub may set up a new subsidiary under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government in China and set up servers in mainland China. However, this may raise questions about the jurisdiction of computer code databases between China and the United States.

Another guess is to place the server in a place that is not inland but close to China, such as Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. Thus, the problem of slow response of the server can be solved.

In the interview, Erica Brescia also revealed the way GitHub entered China. She pointed out that before exploring "the possibility of joint venture and hosting GitHub content in China", GitHub plans to consider setting up a wholly foreign-owned subsidiary in China to recruit employees from the general manager level.

In addition, Erica Brescia added that GitHub has met with officials from China's Ministry of industry and information technology and the Ministry of public security. She believes that China has generally been strategically promoting open source because it provides a way to connect with other parts of the software development world without relying on proprietary technology.

What's the point of GitHub coming to China?

Moreover, he believes that open source is not only a software development method, but also a form of economic development and an innovative mechanism. We can see the importance of open source in China.

GitHub is the largest open source community in the world. The significance of GitHub to developers is self-evident. This is reflected in Satya Na, CEO of MicrosoftDELLA's words can embody one or two. Satya NADELLA once said that digital technology has now spread throughout the whole social and economic fields. Software developers are the architects of digital technology, while GitHub is "the home of developers".

It is worth mentioning that Zhou Hongyi once joked about the influence of GitHub on China

There is a joke in the industry that one day when GitHub fails, China's AI will go back five years. Why? Because many of the AI computing frameworks we use are based on the development of international open source code.

Now, when the "developer's home" project enters China, why not for Chinese developers?

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