Yves at naked capitalism provided a perfect example of Sinophobic comments when writing about doing business in China. In GE CEO Immelt Gets Pissy About China, Obama, I agreed with Yves when he pointed out the hypocrisy of a US corporate executive complaining about how Chinese officialdom is not supportive of GE’s business goals.
However, Yves then quotes “Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production” and selected quotes like “Chinese manufacturers cut corners wherever they can, from product quality to factory equipment and maintenance…” Before you believe everything Yves writes about doing business in China, I suggest you check out what China Law Blog says on the subject.
I have met Westerners doing business in China, and those who are carless get burned and others, who do their homework and know what they are getting into, have few if any complaints. When a careless, lazy deal with a Chinese manufacturer turns sour, a careful examination often shows that the fault lies with the foreigner—not the Chinese. Understanding China’s culture and laws is the key to success.
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