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Carpets can tell you a lot about people and when a red one is rolled out in Washington DC it means a lot, so the fact that a red carpet was not rolled out for China’s President Hu but was rolled out for India’s Prime Minister Singh is meaningful. According to our resident China watcher/specialist Joyce Barnathan, Washington is signalling it is unwilling to embrace Beijing politically as closely as it wants to embrace India.
For global corporations intimately tied to China in a huge variety of ways—and for Chinese companies seeking to establish their brands and their products in the US—this carpet treatment should be disconcerting.
Disturbing to me as well is the lobbying going on against Lenovo selling computers to the US federal government by protectionists and others. I don’t know many companies in China but I do know the design and innovation people in Lenovo and I respect their work and integrity. Plus—all the ThinkPad laptops have been manufactured in China for years, way before Lenovo bought the brand. No complaints about “listening devices” inside Thinkpads yet, are there?
Let’s get a grip folks.
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