China Takes a Loss to Get Ahead in the Business of Fresh Water - NY Times, October 26, 2011

October 25, 2011

The Chinese government hopes to become a force in yet another environment-related industry: supplying the world with desalinated water.
There are large-scale desalination projects centralized all up and down the east coast of China,” ERI’s chief executive officer, Thomas S. Rooney Jr., said in an interview. “Our company has the most advanced technology in the entire desalination industry. And one of the beautiful things about China is that they like to adopt the most advanced technologies.”

“You can either fight them or join them, and our philosophy is that China likely is going to be the next big desalination market,” he added. “I would rather develop technology for China in China and take a more open approach than play the secrets game.