I think this hatred has reached a new high and seems like it will continue to develop as western media aims at demonising China with renewed fervour. This I fear is going to result in reduced consumption of Chinese goods as competitive as they really are. I see sentimental feelings outweigh rational judgements when it comes to Chinese goods more and more. The Chinese product is head and shoulders better value and decent quality yet all comments and attitudes would be making corona virus puns. One can say these people were never going to buy anyway and those are do are the silent majority. Perhaps this is somewhat true but the initiative is working against China here i.e. it can only be worse rather than better than it seems.@ougoah Here's my take on it:
It was always based on superior performance and quality to cost capabilities. This isn't going to change. Where China continues to bring advantage there, manufacturers will go there for that advantage or be destroyed internationally by competitors who do. Where China is losing advantage is low end unskilled manufacturing where low wages is the absolute advantage and that was bound to happen anyway as the Chinese economy and Chinese technology modernizes and develops. So we will see some manufacturing move out but it was inevitable and expected under the reforms to move up the manufacturing value chain.
Importantly, the legal threat is not present (both in terms of technical procedure and in terms of legal/moral argument) and such calls can only be from un-rebutted articles as any counter argument could easily destroy such a joke of an accusation. Perhaps Chinese news media can answer them; perhaps they already have. But trying to convince an audience that has always been looking for reasons to hate China due to their own fear is an errand not worth running, especially because China has flourished all this time against their irrational hatred.
As for moving up the value chain. Chinese electronics I buy at EVERY single opportunity but what chances have Huawei really got now for developing 5G outside China and the usual friendly nations? As opposed to Huawei deserving the 5G contracts for just about the entire world like Boeing and Airbus dominated commercial aviation. China is being blockaded from moving up the value chain while it's slowly losing low end manufacturing which I agree is leaving sooner or later as China's aging uneducated population largely retires and its younger workforce is comparatively educated, lower in numbers, and more productive overall. So basically the west is moving towards rejecting China, leaving it with trading nations that are not exactly brimming with wealth to spend.
How I see it is the US has failed to contain China's rise. It's failed to hold a clear and absolute edge in military terms so direct conflict which is its usual go to method is not an option. Decoupling through escalating trade wars is a better alternative to living with a China that eventually becomes as much of a high value player as Japan, except 10 times larger. The US could stifle Japan since it was largely a militarily dominated nation and had to kowtow to US policies like Plaza Accord. Can the US do similar to a CCP controlled nation that is 10 times the size of Japan, as developed, scientifically and technologically capable? Especially one that doesn't even like the USN sailing close to 1000 miles of it let alone have bases stationed within it.
Certainly it seems the US actually prefers western nations isolating themselves from China and while losing out on the huge Chinese market, they can cripple China by totally shutting off cooperation and trade where possible. On a scale it's never been able to do with 2019 trade policies.
If China can genuinely move up the value chain and remain competitive with the best through only access to developing world markets and its own domestic economy, then that's great. Having the rest of the world is better though. I hear China moving up but I don't see it. It's cars are rarely sold in the west. It's planes are only for Chinese and Russian airlines, its electronics have done decently especially telecom and computing but already that share has been threatened. You can't build an economy out of space launches and even there it's not like China is clearly more competitive than the other options. So where are the high value stuff we're going into that isn't being taken away or threatened? When I say threatened, I mean western propaganda being worked to get consumers and cooperative businesses to move away and reject Chinese ones.