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sfphoto Post time: 2019-1-8 13:42
Nope, you got it wrong the first time. And you’re now repeating the same mistake again: conflatin ...
You’re conflating the economic interests of the Western Globalist elites with the social welfare of Chinese citizens. I mean, really?
My points go beyond Trump.
When China was poor, those western globalists couldn't make profit from Chinese consumers, but they could make profit off the back of Chinese working class, and lack of "social welfare" (or whatever you call it) of Chinese public was not a concern to them (I was however referring to the authoritarian rule rather than social welfare per se).
But now they are increasingly trying to make profit from Chinese consumers, and the more time and money (as opposed to being tied to 16 hour working days in low wage factory jobs and farming) the Chinese consumers have, the better for western globalists.
Whether they spend that time and money in Starbucks and KFCs, western movies, shopping western products, or even optimistically western social media, they want as much of that as they can.
It is increasingly in interest of western globalists, that Chinese get more money, time and freedoms to spend. Previously that was only interest to some liberal ideological activists.
It (domestic consumption to run service industry) is also increasingly in interest of China's leaders, as long as it does not destabilize the party rule.
For western globalists, the latter part is now irrelevant. As their profits do not so much come from Chinese factories anymore, they don't need strong government to keep people in the low wage jobs.
conflating social issues (welfare of Chinese citizens) with the economic problems of the
Do note that I have made no reference (other than mentioning Trump occassionally) to domestic problems in US economy. My points are about general trends in globalization, and development of China.
These things are happening regardless of who run the office in USA, or what problems or how they try to solve.
No German company that I know of is complaining about lack of market access.
Under Merkel's 2018 visit to China, these are topics that were discussed in German media:
"German and European firms operating in China have long complained about the lack of a level-playing field and uneven access to the Asian country's gigantic market. "
"European officials say Merkel's trip offers an opportunity for the German leader to press the Chinese to deliver on their promises of trade liberalization."
"the Asian giant is a big buyer of Made-in-Germany goods, but there is growing concern in Berlin that government-supported Chinese firms are increasingly aiming to get their hands on key technologies by acquiring German and European companies in strategic industrial sectors"
And then a reference to your favourite topic, at least until instructed to tune it down:
"German media group Bertelsmann indicated that of 175 firms either partly or completely bought by Chinese investors between 2014 and 2017, 112 were in areas that China was targeting for its Made in China 2025 strategy."
""We are seeing the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party on individual companies, exactly the opposite of what we heard in Davos last year. That's what annoys us," Dieter Kempf of the Federation of German Industry (BDI) told DW, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping's championing of free trade at the 2017 World Economic Forum annual meeting."
When it comes to trade with China, Germany has the same concerns as USA has, but they are not quite so vocal about it. You could say, that they are in the backseat of the same Mercedes-Benz that Trump currently drives. Just as they are with UN, NATO, WTO, IMF, you name it. Germany only drives EU.