State-led catch-up: Chinese telecom equipment industry

Emiroğlu, Ali Ulaş
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Citation Formats
A. U. Emiroğlu, “State-led catch-up: Chinese telecom equipment industry,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2014.