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Chinese media criticism of Apple aims to rectify U.S. protectionism against Huawei

April 1st, 2013 37 comments

Apple’s Tim Cook formally apologized to Chinese customers today in response to media criticisms within China for unfair warranty and customer service related issues. China’s Consumer Association have also demanded Apple making a formal apology. While U.S. media in unison came to Apple’s defense before today’s apology, making light of Chinese consumer grievances, I think there is a bigger issue at stake. As I examined how ridiculous the U.S. media and some U.S. politicians are against Huawei back in August 2012, it’s a matter of time the Chinese government retaliates:

Huawei might need the Chinese media’s help in doing some defamation against Cisco before that American protectionism truly drops. It’s hard to imagine any other way. Huawei’s Chen Lifan is asking for ideas!

Instead of Cisco, Apple is an ideal target. For one, its user base is much larger than Cisco’s. Samsung’s phones with Android are better in my personal opinion, so iPhones are not indispensable. Apple’s customer service is probably above average in China relative to all the other companies. Certainly, there are legitimate grievances, but I wouldn’t consider them egregious. Also, remember, the Chinese media criticisms were targeting a basket of foreign firms. China is merely playing catch-up in this protectionism game others have been playing these last few years. In this kind of ugliness, everyone should remember who started first.

The current global imbalance, a fight between rich and poor

October 11th, 2010 4 comments

Despite the moral posturing and smearing campaign against China in the Western media on the currency valuation issue, the essence of the current rebalancing of our world economic system is a fight between the rich and the poor (and between the rich themselves).

The U.S. really doesn’t have this currency valuation issue all that together. Here, NYT reports “Currency Rift With China Exposes Shifting Clout” where Jame D. Wolfensohn, a former president of the World Bank, on what this boils down to:
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The U.S. witch hunt against Toyota, and a lesson for foreign corporations?

February 19th, 2010 4 comments

[Edit 2/20/2010] People do not remember now, but back in 2007 and 2008, Chinese toys companies were the butt of high profile highly politicized investigations for manufacturing unsafe toys; after formal investigation it turned out most of the recalls were due to fault of U.S. designers – not Chinese manufacturers.  “Made in China” was under attack in the U.S. and a target of xenophobia and protectionism.

Never mind that iPhones, designer clothing, and computers are made in China and used widely by Americans.  Never mind a University of Manitoba compiled a study in 2008, “Toy Recalls – Is China the Problem?” looking at all the toy recalls within the last two decades, and finding:

“Of the 599 recalls since 1988, an overwhelmingly high number of recalls (424 or 70.8 percent of all recalls) were due to problems which could be attributed to design flaws.”

Many Americans still see made in China goods as toxic and low quality. Read more…