Originally Posted by concretemasonry
McDonald's food in China tastes the same as in the U.S., except some of the stores are 2 or 3 stories.
China makes as many cars as the U.S., but exports none because their domestic market is the largest in the world. - No rickshaws seen during 3 trips, but a lot of Mercedes and BMWs. there are a few token buicks because Buick has a small parts plant in Shanghai, but GM is familiar with importing cars and parts (Cadillac Catera, STS, Buick Regal/Century, etc.). the U.S. laws do nor require identifying the percentage of parts in a product assembled in any country, while many others do not allow "product of USA, but require the company to state the difference between made in XXX or assembled in XXX as a mater of pride and not politics.
The stupid idea of a 4 year old making stocking cheaper than those in made in the U.S. does not make sense (common or economic) since the automated machines are the only things used for production and they are usually imported into China and paid for in cash. China also as a problem with illegal aliens and is building barriers to protect their citizens from those illegal immigrants.
To many people have not been there or read too many 20 year old books or see old videos and get some strange ideas.
A Chinese company making something in the U.S. uses U.S. workers just as BMW, Toyota and Hundai do in their U.S. plants and pays taxes and is subject to all government regulations. They are all union companies as I understand.
The U.S. is fortunate that India, one of the most educated (far above the U.S. ranking of #15), technologically advanced countries that also speaks English does not want to export products to the U.S. An Indian company chose to buy Jaguar and Rover from Ford for cash allowing Ford to avoid the government "bailout" requirements, instead of just buying GM(which they could have if they desired).
It is a big dynamic world that is changing daily, but quicker outside the U.S.
Well as a newbie here I guess I will stick my neck out and have fire darts thrown at me, but I aint letting this one go....
You have painted a nice, cozy picture of China, especially for those of us that have not been to China. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't China still Communist ? ..
China has lots of luxury cars eh ? Would them having a large percentage of our manufacturing base now in their country have any thing to do with their ability to afford the nice rides ?
How are they doing on those pesky human rights issues and employment problems, little things like shipping lead infested toys to other countries ? I wonder how they are handling their industrial waste issues, you know , like the ones our corporations here in the USA are getting bankrupted from while trying to meet our clean air/water standards...
For those that dont know, China is taking the billions upon billions of dollars of our money that we give them for everything from a crap paper hanger to surgical tables and is now buying up all the agriculture/food industries they can get. Let me guess, he who controls the worlds food supply, controls the world eh ?
They have security liens against our lands here in the USA because they know our currency is going down the crapper. China and other foriegn nations are buying up our business's and land like it is on a garage sale table. ...
All being done stealthlike, gradually, until one day we will wake up and will not even recognize the United States of America, because it will not be united, as the people that own it, will have no allegiance to it....
I was born in 1952 and have lived to watch my country go from a people that knew who we were, where we going, and what we would work hard to become. I lived during the times when we had school "bomb" drills to prepare for the attack of nuclear missiles from the Communists USSR....
So yes, I am "old school" and painting pretty pictures of China doesnt bestow a warm and fuzzy feeling in my gut. .. ....
Wake up America before its too late. November will soon be here All jmo.