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Nov 18th 2008 1:40PM The black and white answer is:
No government is going to openly allow a country that so blatantly copies intellectual property or steal foreign technologies into their economy.
Although I'm sure China has some great innovations and ideas, they are overshadowed by their government's refusal to enforce international copyright laws.
I mean, a Chinese car company is selling the Chinese military an outright copy of the American Humvee. There are copies of German and Japanese cars selling for a fraction of the price of the actual thing in their market. And no these aren't rebranded versions of the actually thing, no more than a Rolox is a rebranded version of a Rolex.
Then there are copies of American, Japanese, and German phones; copies or pirated versions of computer software and games; pirated movies, and toys. Every few months there is someone in the US implicated for selling corporate secrets to the Chinese, the latest one involving technology for their space program.
I mean, I'm Asian, and although I may be offended that some people think all Asians are Chinese, I am more embarrassed to be associated with such a joke of a foreign "power".
Sep 8th 2008 5:23PM From their initial concept, I thought their target was "males that want a cost-effective alternative to the Tesla Roaster," that's definitely not the case with this final showing. Except for those people who want to support/save an American car company and have $45k+ to burn, there's no reason to buy this thing. If you want a green car and like the "Prius-look" why not just buy a Prius at half the price?
GM is trying to get into a market that's already dominated by Toyota. It's like, if Sony were on their last leg [hypothetically] and they put all their resources into a new MP3 player that looked like an iPod, cost twice as much, but ran on hydrogen-cells.
The Prius ship has sailed and GM's hybrid SUVs didn't fit. The US Auto Capital is a lost; at least we still have Silicon Valley.
First the Viet Cong beat us using the same tactic we used to found our country.
Then the Japanese take the electronics industry from us, and gives our auto industry a good kick in the
Now the middle-east is going to finish off what remains of our car industry with a knife in the back from their oil cartel.
How long before the Chinese and Indians take the tech industry away from us?