“The Godson-3B1500 has 1.14 billion transistors, with a lot of the extra ones coming from the doubling-up of the L3 cache memory to 8MB, shared across those eight cores. The Chinese chip runs the MIPS64 instruction set and is absolutely compatible with Linux.”
see China to strut eight-core Godson-3B MIPS chip in early 2013 • The Register.
So, there you have it. China could well be free of Wintel within a few years. This CPU is sufficiently powerful for most tasks and is easy on the watts. They will have economy of scale even in their domestic market and GNU/Linux will run on the thing. What more do they need? Programmers? They have plenty, and they are looking for work.
For everything else they can use Android or GNU/Linux on ARM economically.