Daniel Drezner – China Inc. is developing a bad brand image

As a country develops and moves up the consumer supply chain, they generally acquire a reputation for making high-quality goods (think Japan and South Korea). What’s interesting is that China seems to be moving in the opposite direction.

I think they’ve always had a crappy brand image, it’s just that now, after the killer toothpaste, killer pet food, killer tires, etc, people are starting to realize that living high off the “low cost of labour” (what was that about child labour? Never mind, that’s a cute sweater you’re wearing. $14.99, was it? Ooh look, new slab granite countertops in your kitchen!) over there is dangerous. And then there’s dangerous in the way that Phib‘s always on about.

Or one would hope so, anyway. Curtsy: Instapundit