Скупка Америки в китайском стиле

Соединенные Штаты испытали первое потрясение, – сопровождаемое жалобами от американского Конгресса, – когда китайская компьютерная компания Lenovo Group купила подразделение персональных компьютеров IBM. Неважно, что к 2000 году Китай инвестировал в США менее 400 миллионов долларов, в то время как Великобритания – более 230 миллиардов, а Япония – 159 миллиардов долларов. IBM – одна из наиболее знаковых торговых марок Америки, и многие американские политические деятели были захвачены врасплох экономическим вторжением Китая.

Эта почти автоматическая реакция напоминала 80-е годы, когда Америка внезапно обнаружила, что японские компании вроде Sony покупают Columbia Pictures, Mitsubishi Estates покупает Центр Рокфеллера, и даже известное поле для гольфа Pebble Beach на Калифорнийском побережье приобретено японскими инвесторами. “Люди боялись, что даже танцоры из труппы Rockettes должны будут надеть кимоно,” - написала Сьюзен Толчин из университета Джорджа Мэйсона, автор книги «Buying Into America».

Затем было объявлено, что крупный китайский производитель приборов, Hai’er со штаб-квартирой в Циндао, интересовался приобретением производителя домашней техники Maytag, другой знаковой всеамериканской торговой марки.

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