When most Chinese were still illiterate peasants, Anton and Gerard Philips were already building a formidable electrical and later electronics company. Philips invented many things that improved our world. Philips was a beacon of progress and positive ideas.
It is a shame to hear from its semiconductor offspring NXP that it needs to be more Chinese. For me 'Chinese' means:
- enormous pollution and a total disregard for the environment
- capriciousness. tiananmen square 1989.
- a communist dictatorship in which you cannot speak your mind
- repression and slavery in Tibet
I hope NXP will stay close to its European roots which are intertwined with things like Enlightenment and Progress. Selling goods to China does not mean you become Chinese yourself.
@Ewout: When most Chinese were still illiterate peasants...
Hmmm -- it seems to me that when most Europeans were illiterate peasants, the Chinese already had a thriving civilization -- when we were still using the skins of sheep to write on, they'd invented paper -- when we thought dancing around a maypole was as good as entertainment got, they'd invented gunpoweder and fireworks -- of course I may be biased because I had the most amazing Chinese meal last night LOL
It's interesting how the use of the word "Chinese" evokes such different emotions among our readers. But let's face it. NXP is already a global company. It just so happens that it generates a lot of revenue in China. To be a player there, you need to be "local." I see it as simple as that.
Whatever you say one cannot afford to ignore China. It has the world's highest population, is economically strongest and has a communist government. The Government can take decisions that fulfills their own country's interest. There is hardly any common man's voice. When you have such a high populations this kind of governance is actually good. It will make sure everyone is in the same level, not too rich not too poor. They can also get the best of infrastructure without much protest. And Chinese are very hard working people.
One cannot even think of doing anything in electronics without keeping China involved.