A New York Times
report on Saturday suggested buying overtures from China for a US-based hard drive manufacturer.
The approach was revealed by Seagate. Bill Watkins' company is stronger and healthier than Western Digital so my instincts say Western Digital might be a more practicable purchase given deep enough pockets and US government non-interference.
Lenovo bought IBM's PC business. What would be different with a hard drive manufacturer? They already have many plants in China so, we might think, it's only a matter of time before China gets an indigenous hard drive manufacturing capability.