downfader wrote:The bad thing about the Chinese and renewables is the potential of them exploiting cheap labour, as they did with building and factories. They have the power to flood their country with them cheaply, and benefit quickly from both the generation and the export of the electricity. They have no fear of patents or copyright.
Which if it happens could be bad for developing new technologies. The original creators wouldnt see a penny or their reputation could be damaged by consumers being mislead into inferior copies.
And the point is?
Hate to say it but the Chinese are simply having their own version of the industrial revolution. We made use of exploiting cheap labour, creating dirty buildings and factories long before they came along.
On the plus side they're coming out of the other side very rapidly, took us hundreds of years... They're also embracing the whole concept of renewables wholeheartedly - I wish we would do the same because by not doing we'll soon lack the skills and knowledge to compete in what will become an important market place pretty quickly.
Their prior form of copying is rapidly becoming a thing of the past (I can remember when Japanese stuff was roundly condemned for all the same reasons - we didn't learn then either), in some industries they're already innovating and imo the lack of formal structure and stupid regulations will aid them greatly whilst we'll be left floundering and holding onto our protectionist systems, playing the trade wars game and basically getting nowhere.
As for the concept of inferior copies - that's fairly old news. The best Chinese stuff is pretty good, a lot of it is better than the stuff we produce and up there with some of the best manufacturers in the world. They've got the cash to pay for spanking new factories with cutting edge technology and machinery and they're spending it.
That's not to say they don't produce some rubbish, but I can find you no shortage of British built rubbish either.