Well, I have been to IBM's R&D facilities in New Delhi (India) a few times, and while I can't be very specific (due to obvious reasons), I have seen some extraordinary product developments there (and there was nothing ethnographic about it). And I am not talking about stolen/copied, or reverse-engineered stuff either.
A global company like Apple should not subscribe to ignorance. Making some investments can also go a long way in getting some support. I do not see anything wrong with such a move.
I know there are talented people everywhere, but it seems most of the active ones end up working in the west. That may be unfortunate, but it is a pretty factual observation. All the best foreign students in my grad school class are still in the US or Europe 10 years later.
Intel, Microsoft, and IBM have all opened R&D offices in China and/or India (most for many years now.) But I have yet to hear of any yield from them that is of more than localized import. But, by all means, please inform me of their important work. I saw the creation of these ventures as a way of securing market access and understanding (and for access to cheaper execution of research conceived elsewhere) more than as a deep basic research effort.
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One of the distinct advantages I had while in China on my last trip was that Apple devices were the only devices I could use to connect back home when the Chinese Government put a lock-down on the Internet during the last year's Chinese elections and the US elections back in October/November. If you were on a computer...I couldn't communicate back home at all. Gmail, Hotmail, Google search...everything was locked down to local search only. The only things that seemed to work for me was my iPhone and iPad via Apple. I couldn't use skype, but Facetime worked. I couldn't use Gmail on a web browser, but my mail app on my iPhone work. My theory was that since Apple's native applications run through services outside of China, it was much more difficult for the Chinese Government to block those connections. But that's just my theory on the matter.