China visit to promote the ZX-81

British Sinclair-based businessmen have recently visited China to promote the ZX-81. They were part of a group to advise on how to sell computers.

It included Nigel Searle, managing director of Sinclair Research; Richard Hease, chairman of ECC Publications which publishes Sinclair User; and Bob Denton, managing director of Prism Microproducts, distributor of Sinclair products and a sister company of ECC.

It is reported that the group hopes to introduce the ZX-81 into China before cheaper lookalikes of the computer become available. This move follows the scare produced by the introduction of a computer called the Peanut, an inexpensive copy of the Apple II.