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Where Has China Gone Wrong

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


Here is a quote from this source. The quote talks about how the Chinese historically valued morality and people had a duty to act morally. While no historian I have read some scary things about ancient China and wonder how they define morality…

excerpt:
“The Mohist believed that tradition should not dictate morality. Morality comes from the practice of impartiality and collectivist love for others. Both schools believed that people in positions of power possessed an ethical duty to act in the best interest of the people, and if this were not the case, the mandate of leadership would be lost. While Chinese management today is properly characterized as authoritarian,

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Rollys Royce or Cheap Chinese Knockoff

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Here is another shot of a cheap Chinese knockoff. The top photo is of the Rolls Royce and the bottom is a Hong Qi, or red flag, chinese imitation. One of the things you notice when you come here is that the car you think is a Benz or a BMW, is actually its Chinese clone. The Chinese due to non existent IPR laws, imitate almost everything.
I was doing some work with a local university that was supposed to be the best in China and said I wanted to do a paper on IPR violations and China and her laws. The Dean of the school basically told me that was not going to happen and to choose another topic. It is experiences like that and the fact that such brazen copying goes on in China that I can see where her world wide expansion will be hindered unless drastic changes are made.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom vs Hongqi HQD

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China Versus India

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


I have never been to India, but would love to spend some time there. From what I have heard, Indians have many advantages that the Chinese do not vz, excellence in education and a respect for knowledge. But they lack the business infrastructure that the Chinese have. As the author of Poorly Made in China put it, China has done an excellent job of making doing business in China very very easy.
The Chinese, in addition to bending over backwards to accommodate all business and investment also have the added benefit of almost slave labor like conditions which make it much easier to make a buck. For instance, one can come to China and literally shackle some handicapped people to kilns and make bricks all day long- it’s hard for anyone to compete with this.
But what about India, maybe they don’t employ slave labor, but why is it they have not risen as China has? Is it that they would be in the exact same position if all the foreign countries had provided them with the vast amount of funds we have given China? Would they be the same if they were offered all of the good ink (ie. press) of all the talking heads and people like Warren Buffet would sing their praises in essence making their rise a self-fulfilling prophecy?
I don’t know why it is that India has a smaller GDP then China, but India definitely looks like a good bet for the future. But then again maybe if i lived their I would see all of its flaws and feel that it is doomed as well.

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Buffet and BYD- The Chinese Disaster

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


I find the following pretty humorous. I remember hearing about Warren Buffet singing the accolades of a Chinese car manufacturer and thinking WTF? I even blogged about it. It was one of those odd moments where you think, what are they seeing that I am not…
Then you find out that BYD is not doing that well and aside from knocking off other car designs, it has had some quality and safety issues in China. Lets think about that. Can you imagine just how screwed up a thing has to be to be considered unsafe in China? The funny thing is that irrespective of the problems of BYD, Buffet supposedly already made a mint on the deal. To me its just another obvious truism, that Chinese products suck.

from here
“Are Chinese cars nothing more than cheap copies of more successful automakers’ products from other parts of the world? That’s a question that has been asked rather widely for the last several years as the numbers of large Chinese automakers has risen dramatically – even more so as they have shown their wares at major auto shows outside their home country.

There is certainly no doubt that many, if not most, cars rolling out of factories in China bear a striking exterior resemblance to popular models from Japan, Europe and the United States. But do those exterior facsimiles go more than skin deep, and if so, does it matter? What about the actual guts of the vehicles – are Chinese automakers creating their own important new technologies, especially in the burgeoning eco-friendly segment?

These are the questions bandied about in a special report from Reuters, targeted specifically in the direction of BYD, the Chinese automaker that has been buoyed by major investments and backed by Warren Buffett. The big draw for Buffett and his money was BYD’s proprietary battery technology, which it uses on its own plug-in vehicles, some of which are supposedly coming to America.

Reuters, citing documents it received by a third party from WikiLeaks, is charging that BYD’s battery tech may not be all its cracked up to be, and that sales of its EVs are painfully slow. Further, officials such as Guanzhou Consul-General Brian Goldbeck reportedly said two years ago that BYD’s vehicles may pass China’s lax copyright laws, but aren’t likely to do so in other countries.

Just as damningly, unnamed consultants claim BYD’s vehicles are very unlikely to pass U.S. safety standards, saying of one of BYD’s models, “If you shut the doors too hard, they fall off.” Removable doors? Not good. Some automakers polled by Reuters claim that BYD requests just enough parts from reputable suppliers to reverse engineer the designs and then assembles them itself using inferior materials.

What all of this means for BYD and for Warren Buffett’s billion-dollar investment into the company remains to be seen, but it can hardly bode well for the brand’s chances in competitive markets like the United States.

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More Knockoff Cars From China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


From here. The first is the original and the second is the cheap Chinese copy.

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Honda CRV vs Laibao SRV

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Funny Sign in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT4K3gwgMvfw39LPsjnrhCFFTV7LC98Xln5VUutft5koQRZtR30Ypf1LBySagfrom lolcaption.com

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Chinese Turning Hong Kong’ese-China Fact

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


For a Chinese family of four to become a Hong Kong ese, they must give Hong Kong 10,000,000 RMB for seven years, after which it will be returned and they will then gain HK citizenship and rights. (fyi, thats about 1.24 mm U$)

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Is the Meeting Over in China?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


China is having their annual meeting in Bejing, or it may be over, I am unsure. But I did read a translation of China’s number two, who used words like “China must pursue law and fairnes and that, education for the masses and the pursuit of self sufficiency, truly means democracy.” Admittedly, the person who showed me the translation is a flake, but if she got even part of this right, does it mean that China is changing her course? And if so, does it mean that their Nobel prize winner, who currenlty is cooling his heals in a Chinese jail, will be released?

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China’s Roaring Success in Promoting Itself Abroad!

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


In an attempt to duplicate their efforts at brainwashing the masses, the chicoms rented out space in Times Square in NYC. The reason for doing so, per the chinadaily, was to promote the image of China and show what a great country she is….While I never saw the ad, I asked some friends who said “Yeah, China tried some bullshit promotional campaign here, but it was pretty flat. Americans have a healthy skepticism for anything from China.”
So the verdict is in. China’s stellar promotional campaign seemingly went over like a fart in church,or so they say…

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Photo by Dawanglu

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 15, 2011


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