SEARCH BLOG: CHINA and UNETHICAL
I haven't been a big fan of China or Chinese products in general. China has built its industrial expertise and product offerings the old fashioned way: they steal it.
An AP business writer, RYAN NAKASHIMA, wrote this article, which appeared in many online sites, about China's propensity to lie, cheat, and steal its way into prosperity at the expense of others. If you grow up in a country where the government controls everything and you are used to not questioning anything, this attitude is understandable:
"I don't care whether it's pirated or legitimate so long as they look good and are convenient," said Linda Nie, 30, a researcher at a Beijing university who recently bought a pirated Chinese-language edition of Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat."
She said 70 percent of her books and DVDs at home are pirated. "The pirate stuff is good quality and well-wrapped. It's so easy to get. It's available everywhere."
Or this attitude:
"Consumers buy pirate copies maybe because it's very slow for legitimate copies to enter the Chinese market," said Xiao Wei, manager of the FAB music and movie store in Beijing. "For example, pirate copies of the movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' were available right after it won the Oscar award, but we just started to sell the legitimate copies recently, half a year later."That's understandable for markets that the government controls. You wait a lot for a small selection. The government likes control and dislikes competition.
Foreign movies are allowed to run in theaters just two or three weeks before being pulled, and the government shuts them out during peak viewing periods such as school vacations to protect Chinese cinema.I wonder if U.S. government-run health care might operate like that? You know, pirated copies of doctors that are a lot cheaper, but packaged nicely, where people go instead of waiting a long time for an expensive real doctor who is not available during peak hours?
Other earlier posts on this topic include this and this.