Why complaining ??? Let see it realistically.... and not dreaming around. I live in Germany, a country which is addressed by experts as t he most criminal/corruptive country in the world.
I remember very well in Europe
the "Chinese hype", it was midth the 90ths. We had big "invitations" and important "Chinese summits" organized by European federal governments... rolling out the "red carpet" for the Chinese delegations... as China had opened its doors for foreigners and investors to start easily business with huge capital and cheap
credits in China.
20 years ago it felt like the "gold rush" era of quick money
making to claim the huge Chinese market of more than 1 billion consumers. Probably some in Western world made huge money
having started business in China.
The German automotive industries all front BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes already would have been bankrupcy in total if not existing the Chinese consumer market. Since the financial crisis in 2008 we had seriously signals that the whole German automative industries might collapse. Chinese consumers had been the "rescue anchor".
For some different branches in the post industrialized countries it was urgent to enter into Chinese market: A question of living or dying. No matter what Chinese corruptively methods in businesses had been. The Western company owners just ignored it, e.g. ecological standards are still very low in China. Who cares if the profit fills the bank accounts for having privately a luxury life from.
Clearly what I have seen since 2 decades let me stop to think about investing in China on my own again and again. Latest attemt I started on my own end of 2014.
All top "chinese (political) managers" still have the "party book
" (earlier times called as "Mao Zedong Bible
" or simply "Mao's little red book
") in the pockets, so it feels for me. Red stood for "communism"... so called the army "Red Guard". It was ilustrated in Chinese PR politics with lots of pathos and heroism.
Let us remember the brutal era of Mao Zedong
who is the father of the Republic of China... and who realized the Chinese Cultural Revolution
.... later as following up we have seen the four periods of modernisation
. (plus the 5th modernisation period
from 1978 on as "democratisation").
Inspite till today I summarize China as following (just my personal opinion):
- Chinese government pretends to be democratic, but it is no.
- Chinese politics heavily has influence, visibly and invisibly in all living segments of Chinese population (Think about the "one child politics").
- No single bigger business decision is done without the "go" or "no go" by Chinese government (secretly) as they even have control about the secret services and police investigation forces.
- China is a centralistic, and still neo-communistic country (remember the "big firewall", censorship, death penalty, prison camps for intellectuals/artists/political activists/bloggers/...).
- The neo-capitalism in China is just another tool by the KPCh (communistic party of china) with it's top leader Xi Jingping who has all relevant positions controlled by himself:
(A) president of China
(B) general secretary of KPCh and
(C) board chairman of military commission.
All positions of (A-C) in one person ? - Scaring and dangerous... I call it a modern dictatorship.
1 plus 6... around Xi Jingping these are the 7 guys in total controlling everything in China. The managemend board of the polit office. - They are always friendly smiling, but they are very hardliners. Proclaiming "liberal economy" but architects of an "ultra conservatively society". I'd like to call them "The 7 Double faces
". (Rec.: I think its Zhang Gaoli
who is missing in this picture.)
These Chinese elites are smart, as I have met them since midth the 90th. They studied and still study in Western countries at top elite universities, e.g. the daughter of Xi Jingping is doing in Harvard...
... they take all the knowledge and modern methods of leadership and management to realize the political targets following the communistic programmes.
Nowadays if you want communicate with a Chinese businessman, you need to use tunneling by VPN protocol (virtual private network), as regularly communication (e.g. via gmail) is completly blocked. That's fact. I know some IT specialists in China who trick the Chinese government for using gmail and Skype. In 2010 we had to read that Google pulls out it activities from China
because of censorship.
Clearly to say: China is not a democratic country in the eyes of Western people. All is (still) controlled and centralized. We may not forget this.
How you then can expect from "normal business people" fairness as we define it ? They never learnt it, never grew up with fair business methods. - Think about how it would influence you in your thinking and feelings if you'd like to deal intern. business within a dictatorship.
Do you really think, that Chinese business people who are drilled by government education (and government controlled medias) to follow the political targets of Chinese KPCh to do businesses in the way of "fairness", respecting "intellectual property" ?
So what can we expect realistically in boat building ? All who wish that Western standards in China are seen follow an illusion.
Chinese government targets at since long to become the world super power in all segments (sciences, economics) not by using weapons and gigantic military forces.
They print trillions of dollars to invest it in own and foreign countries, e.g. China is the leader to invest in Africa
. And they bought huge sums in US dollar currency so even USA government is depending on China's good will.
The monetary policy by centralized Chinese government (or shall I call it better "regime") is a very aggressive one. And the leaders still try to expand their global influence heavily.
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Just another form of war in the world of neo-capitalism. So is the reality... and all who demand to make "free & fair business" with China are dreamers in my understanding.
I suppose if oneself want establish as business man in China successfully he should live there for 10 years, learn quickly the complicated language, marry a Chinese woman... and then maybe he can handle it to avoid mistakes
in his business process and quality of communication.
I was in a relationship with a Chinese... she even was highly educated speaking high Mandarin
. For me over the time it felt like that I was in a relationship with a brainwashed robot... always friendly, but stereotypic thinking... having been manipulated in childhood (emotionally) by the education system of China. Hard times for a liberal Westener thinker to deal with. Chinese can be very stubborn so they had been educated to follow strictly orders with an immensively self discipline we know in Western world only from super sportsmen.
Later I have experienced it similarly with Chinese business men
. Latest project
I was planning I quit in spring this year because it was not trustworthy. - The good will exists there... no doubts about Chinese want learn to follow international standards. - But "socialization in the brain" cannot be changed so quickly by elder generation. Not a lot has changed over last 20 years those business men
who had been 30 are now 50.
Maybe the new Generation in China, the very young people will give hope. Who knows... I know them from GO playing (Rec.:
Go = Weiqi is the eldest strategic game
board in the world, also existing in Korea
(there known as Baduk) and in Japan
. - All three countries, China, Korea
are the world leading nations in this brain sports doing it very professoinally on highest level.)
We all can imagine how it will end now with the Gunboat "made in china". It cant be produced anymore there I like to assume. The relationship between the Taiwanese Hudson
Yacht and Marine
Industries and American owner is spoilt by "dirty mud" throwing at each other. And the American had thrown the mud as first in public. Strategically a big mistake by the GB owner in USA. He should have kept silently not giving any interviews about and let clear it front court.
One may never hurt the "public face" of an Asian. Its a no-go. Respect is more important than doing "correct business". As soon an Asian has the feeling that he lost
his "positive image" in public and his name is damaged, he turns around and leaves. Nearby impossible to repair this relationship.
And remember, that its is a partnership
with Hakes Marine
in New Zealand
. Look at their self presentation in their image broschure
. Its prideness Hakes is representing. Even Paul Hakes
has the risks to loose image and damage his own company.
Lets see !
The 2nd Gunboat G4 just was built in Netherlands
... (and as I heard from rumours is test sailing already). So we can enjoy these fast boats of 2nd generation foiling around very soon ... whatever conflicts exist between USA - Taiwan
About another cultural aspect yet we have not spoken which might have had an impact indirectly onto the quality of boat building process. Hudson
is a Taiwan
company. There exist still heavily tensions between Taiwanese and Chinese which has some historically reasons going back to 1949
. Maybe the Hudson management had some problems to control the Chinse workers because of the background of Mr. Hudson Wang ??