The Pitfalls of China’s Rough Capitalism – William Foreman

From AP, via Newsweek, a look at how foreign as well as domestic investors get taken in by China’s “rough and raw capitalism”:

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.

Yet, foreign buyers keep snapping up toys, clothes, laptops and a myriad of other products that the world’s factory floor churns out. Getting your hot product made in China is seen as a sure moneymaker. In the first 11 months of 2007, China’s totaled $1.1 trillion, up 26 percent from the same period in 2006, according to China’s Commerce Ministry. Chinese exports to the U.S. totaled $212.7 billion, a 15 percent increase from 2006, the ministry said. [Full text]

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