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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Chrysler Considering Chinese Takeout

Chrysler is considering manufacturing cars in China for export to the US. If it does, it will be the first major manufacturer to break the Chinese barrier for complete vehicles. GM of course was the first to import a major component, the engine of the Chevrolet Equinox.

This is a bad direction for American manufacturing jobs, and it may be a very dangerous decision for a manufacturer to make. Not because of quality, or consumer backlash--people are willing, apparently, to buy goods from anywhere, even at the expense of domestic industries.

China has been increasingly aggressive in its attitude towards Taiwan, which the US is obligated to defend. If China starts a war with Taiwan, in an attempt to conquer its "rogue province", the effects on any business producing goods in China for export to the US would be devastating.

1 comment:

The Angry Engineer said...

Whether it's a trade war, a shooting war, or just currency re-valuation, I'm of the opinion that American firms that import goods from China are going to get what's coming to them.

I'm still surprised at the lack of consumer restraint when it comes to buying products from a low-labor-cost market. Sell out my country? Sure, as long as I can get this pair of jeans for 6% less money!