Thursday, January 20, 2011

China tit for tat as Apple Computer is targeted? C'mon man!


Apple Computer sited for pollution and substandard working conditions in its factories in China!

Perhaps President Obama was able to strike a nerve during his talks with Hu Jintao on the variety of topics discussed.

Or perhaps China had prepared to release this report to coincide with the summit between the United States and China as a pre-emptive move. This in an attempt to deflect the criticism of China over human rights violations, currency manipulation, rare earth elements hoarding, trade surpluses, etc. (U.S./China summit: It's go time! (Video)).

The report was reportedly to have been released by various Chinese environmental groups, aka the Chinese government.

I have spent time in China and witnessed firsthand the way in which that country treats its people in the major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. It appeared to me that they were used as tools of the state, with little concern by the state for their individual needs and well being.

I was in some of the smaller cities that were frequently visited by people from other countries and witnessed the same things there in addition to the poor quality of air to breath and in certain hotels discolored water that contained things I am sure I didn't want to know about.

I can only imagine what goes on in those areas where the real production takes place, if I was allowed to see the things I did where the government knows that outsiders will be.

While Apple may not be an operational example of goodliness and cleanliness, it no doubt operates under the same rules structure as Chinese companies do. While this does not make it right if the the reports are in fact true, to single this company out at this time is very obviously a ploy for use during these summit meetings.

From the report, "...On Apple's supply chain, some workers were poisoned and disabled, neighbourhoods and communities were polluted while there were severe infringement of workers' rights, interest and dignity..."

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