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GM-USA's failure is part of the sound you hear when a giant falls to the floor.|
The giant falls because it has failed to cater to the needs of the market. For instance, its cars sold to the physically-smaller Japanese customers had not been redesigned to reflect that reality.
GM-China, on the other hand, will succeed simply because the momentum of the tidal wave of Chinese consumerism is irresistible. But it has better learn the lesson from the Japanese market.
Some people, once they become rich, also become lax and lazy.
This can happen not just with Westerners, but with us the Chinese people as well.
Otherwise one would be hard-pressed to explain why even though China's GDP was 33 percent of the world's total in 1820 -- a mere 20 years before the Opium War in 1840 -- it precipitously dropped to the ranks of poor nations within a century.
So that shows a lot can happen in 20 years, and China's position vis-a-vis the U.S. can change radically in 20 years.
That's why I hope Kevin Rudd would not mess with China or take her patience in the Rio Tinto case for granted.
It was a commercial spying case based on irrefutable evidence, not revenge against the failure of the talks on iron-ore pricing.
Kevin should not think that the Chinese people can be pressured by strong-arm tactics or threatening speeches.
I'm quite disappointed with Mr. Rudd -- because if for nothing else, I had expected this Chinese-speaking Australian leader to at least have the cultural sophistication to understand this point -- that the Chinese people are the fairest in the world, and can't and shouldn't be bullied.
Mr. Hu Yongtai, the accused in the case, was acting as a spy for Rio Tinto, according to the court charges based on the evidence found in his computer.
I am very proud of what the Chinese government did in this case, for in the past whenever a foreigner committed a crime in China, he was merely sent packing to leave the country immediately, but with no deserving punishment or justified incarceration -- even in cases such as forcible rape.
This is a landmark departure because the accused is a Chinese Australian -- an Australian nonetheless although the impact was cushioned by his Chinese ethnicity, and it shows that China is now going to observe its legal codes fairly and seriously -- dishing out the same punishment to indigenous companies and transnationals alike.
Here again Mr. Hu, Rio Tinto's point man in China and central in the criminal case, is a disgrace to the Chinese nation.
He was a graduate of Beijing University -- the Harvard of China -- which supposedly should have inculcated in him the basic attributes of a Chinese patriot.
Look, I was educated mostly in Hongkong and the West, and had never attended a Chinese university -- and yet I feel I am more Chinese than Mr. Hu.
I would NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER have done what he allegedly did -- hurting the basic interests of the Chinese people, no matter where I go. Would you -- those of you who are ethnic Chinese?
For what can be greater than the feeling that you have done something FOR China and her long-suffering people instead of hurting her?
Earning money this way (like Hu did) is truly a meaningless enterprise -- when it comes to the truly precious things in life, nothing is more important than honoring your birthright -- the reason why you were put on earth in this life.
[ Last edited by wchao37 at 2009-7-22 02:34 AM ]