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Hands off our heritage: Some wary of China's reach
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Hands off our heritage: Some wary of China's reach

By SARAH DiLORENZO and NICK PERRY, AP
4 hours ago

In this Sept. 10, 2012 photo, Jean-Michel Guillon, owner of the Domaine Guil...
GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN, France — Life in this French village revolves around wine. The backyards of its tidy houses nurture the grapes that have made Burgundy famous the world over. At an auto repair shop, everyone seems to have an opinion about the recent sale of a local vineyard to a Macau casino magnate.

"It's a piece of French heritage that's heading abroad," says mechanic Bertrand Babouhot. Across the road, rows of gnarled vines lead to the rundown chateau that was sold. "It's like selling the Eiffel Tower to the Americans." SEEMS THE FRENCH HAVE MORE NATIONAL PRIDE THAN WE DO. LINK: http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news....for.Sale/
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I'm old enough to remember the 80's when everybody was crying about Japan buying America. Only thing different today is that the girls are still crying. Shrug
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Dave;52003 Wrote:I'm old enough to remember the 80's when everybody was crying about Japan buying America. Only thing different today is that the girls are still crying. Shrug

You make a point, but I see more Toyota's and Honda's on the road than Fords or Chevy's...
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Camper;52011 Wrote:
Dave;52003 Wrote:I'm old enough to remember the 80's when everybody was crying about Japan buying America. Only thing different today is that the girls are still crying. Shrug

You make a point, but I see more Toyota's and Honda's on the road than Fords or Chevy's...

And? If they make a better car there should be more on the road.
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Dave;52012 Wrote:
Camper;52011 Wrote:You make a point, but I see more Toyota's and Honda's on the road than Fords or Chevy's...

And? If they make a better car there should be more on the road.

Agreed, but the worry and concern with Japan taking away American jobs was obviously not without merit, was it?

As it is here, especially when you consider that your average Chinese factory worker can produce a product far cheaper than we (and apparently the French) can, as was the case with the Japanese in the 80s.
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HaHa. Way too many cliches to overcome before my head explodes.
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Dave;52021 Wrote:HaHa. Way too many cliches to overcome before my head explodes.

I'm losing track...but are you starting with yours that Japanese cars are better made?

But it is nice to now that the "Chinese workers are less expensive than American ones" is somehow a cliche, I didn't know facts fell into that realm.
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I could be wrong, but I think that it might be hard for the Chinese workers to work at a wine producing Chateau in France without the government getting involved somewhere, so I rather doubt that jobs will be lost to China here.
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billamj;52027 Wrote:I could be wrong, but I think that it might be hard for the Chinese workers to work at a wine producing Chateau in France without the government getting involved somewhere, so I rather doubt that jobs will be lost to China here.

Foreign companies/investors who purchase businesses in another country bring individuals from their home country to run/manage/operate their businesses. Not 100%, but a big part of getting a work visa to most countries is having a definitive offer of employment.

And even if 90% of the people working the winery are still French, it will not change the fact that the business is no longer a French owned company, and will be operated/managed differently.
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I would imagine it would affect no more than 5% of staff and that only being the top 2 or 3 people. It would be much cheaper to continue to use the existing staff than to bring over and train a new staff to learn how to produce a product that is known internationally.
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