That explains why the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Wendell P. Weeks, visited Beijing recently to discuss economic cooperation with high-level Chinese officials.
For Corning Inc., the stakes in China are high. With a population of 1.3 billion and a growing middle class, China will inevitably become the largest economy on the planet.
Companies that don't have a strong foothold there before that happens will be left struggling to function in secondary markets -- a scenario that Corning Inc. wants to avoid at all costs.
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