Palo Alto finds an economic partner in China
Original post made on Sep 29, 2012
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on Sep 29, 2012 at 10:10 am
It will be interesting to track the City's involvement with this agreement. The City itself demonstrates no understanding of "technology", and actually has few people on its staff that evidence much public knowledge of what "technology" is all about. Same is true for "economics"--since the City simply spends other people's money, with little evidenced understanding of how business works. Certainly the often-maligned "Palo Alto Process" demonstrates that the City is actually more anti-business than not.
So--what possibly could the City of Palo Alto have that any other City might be interested in?
Wonder if the Mayor ended the negotiations with a few games of ping-pong?
on Sep 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm
>The "intention agreement" between Palo Alto and Yangpu commits the cities "to explore mutual economic interactions to, among other things, enhance the economic health and betterment" of the two communities and "keep each other informed on important economic and civic issues."
Does anyone have any idea what that means? Is it about human rights issues in China?; manufacturing jobs in Palo Alto?; H1 visas?; Chinese currency rates?; Palo Alto ability/inability to compete? Chinese government investment in Palo Alto assets/real estate/schools?
on Oct 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm
Jan H. is a registered user.
The government of China has demonstrated for decades that it is dishonest, cruel, cares nothing for human rights, and is corrupt as hell. Chinese businesses have demonstrated that they care only about getting rich quick, not product quality or safety, nor employee safety or quality of life. Many people, especially concerned parents, in Palo Alto actively boycott Chinese products, especially children's products....and that is pretty hard to do, considering everything is made there, and the low prices are quite lucrative.
So why is a supposedly reputable community like Palo Alto doing business with China? Most of western Europe has given China and their products the heave-ho. On my latest trip to Europe, I saw only European clothing, cars, toys, and other products. It was actually nearly impossible to find Asian products of any kind in the Netherlands or Belgium (kudos!).
If you want ultra-cheap products, as least buy from Vietnam, whom we owe a debt to, or Thailand, or India. The prices are even lower than their Chinese counterparts, and of far higher quality.
Doing business with China is a slap in the face to those of us who choose to boycott them and their corrupt government, their unethical businesses, and their monstrous abuses.