Archive for the ‘competition’ Category

China’s President Gives Grim Economic Assessment

November 30, 2008

Chinese President Hu Jintao warned at a weekend meeting of the Communist Party’s elite Politburo that China is losing its competitive edge as international demand for its products is reduced, according to official state media reports Sunday.

China’s growth rate has been forecast to be about 9 percent in 2008, down from 11.9 percent the year before and close to the 8 percent that economists say China must maintain in order to keep the labor market stable.

“China is under growing tension from its large population, limited resources and environment problems, and needs faster reform of its economic growth pattern to achieve sustainable development,” Hu said, according to the People’s Daily newspaper, the official Communist Party newspaper. He did not provide specifics. 

By Maureen Fan
Washington Post Foreign Service

Chinese President Hu Jintao speaks during a news conference ...
Hu Jintao by Reuters

“External demand has obviously weakened and China’s traditional competitive advantage is being gradually weakened,” as international demand is reduced, Hu told members of the Political Bureau of the party’s Central Committee, according to the state-run New China News Agency.

Protectionism has also started to increase in investment and trade, Hu added. China’s export growth in October was 19.2 percent, down from 21.5 percent in September.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/
2008/11/30/AR2008113000773.html

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U.S. Industry, Economy: No sympathy for Detroit at a Kia plant in Georgia

November 29, 2008
The residents of this town are learning to enjoy Korean barbecue, and are wary of bailing out American automakers. ‘The foreign cars took the lead, and they deserve it,’ says one.
By Richard Fausset
The Los Angeles Times
Reporting from West Point, Ga. — This attractive old mill town along the Chattahoochee River, with its brick downtown and streets of cozy, unpretentious homes, could be the backdrop for a patriotic American car commercial — lacking only the plaintive croak of a Bob Seger or John Mellencamp.

But America’s Big Three automakers, which are teetering at a financial abyss, shouldn’t expect much sympathy here.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
nation/la-na-newdetroit29-2008nov29,0,
3633459.story

Danger in China’s Capitalism: The Wild, Wild East?

January 11, 2008
By WILLIAM FOREMAN, Associated Press 

GUANGZHOU, China – Ron Rust and Beve Kozub were poking around the toy booths at China‘s biggest trade fair two years ago when something caught their eye: pouty-faced baby dolls snuggling in light blue and pink fleece blankets, their eyes tightly shut or gazing with a newborn’s woozy stare.

The American dealers plunked down $22,052 for a shipment of 2,740. But the lifelike dolls turned out to be knockoffs. Rust and Kozub were slapped with a lawsuit that could have cost them their home in Harmony, Pennsylvania.

The Americans fell prey to one of the many dangers of China’s rough and raw capitalism. It’s a cutthroat, predatory world where many factories cut corners to make an easy buck or just stay ahead of the thousands of others vying for their business. Safety scares, copyright ripoffs and outright thuggery are endemic.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080111/ap_on_bi_ge/china_raw_capitalism_2