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US automotive giant Ford Motor Company has announced the launch of a subsidiary that will focus on developing smart electric vehicles and driver assist technology for the Chinese market.  Ford said in a statement on its WeChat account that the Ford Electric Mach Technologies company will have a "strong R&D capability," and …

  1. steviebuk Silver badge

    Greedy

    None of them give a shit about China's human rights issues or that the CCP WILL steal all their tech. Musk lost his morals first, now Ford. All they see is a big money market but its not. Just look into China's recent history and you'll see why.

    Hollywood thought they could tap into a massive movie market with China but have finally realised how wrong they were. The CCP kept demanding stuff be edited out to fit their market. Fine, let the CCP do it themselves but instead the studio would not only censor it for China, but also the rest of the world & wonder why they then had poor viewing figures. Why not just censor once & then you don't have to bother paying again so you make more money.

    They were wrong. Turns out viewers in the Western world don't like movies censored to appease the Chinese market so some films viewed poorly so recently they rolled back and finally told the CCP to jog on. The Japanese and Taiwanese flags on patches were back in Top Gun. They wanted the Statue of Liberty removed from the new Spider-man movie and Sony quite rightly told them to fuck off.

    You also have ticket sales. One guy who lived their for 15 years, some may know of him from The China Show, said when he'd go to the cinema with his girlfriend. He wanted to see the latest Hollywood movie and the guy at the till printed out the ticket for the local shit Chinese movie. Crossed out its name and wrote the Hollywood movie name :)

    So they were basically all fudging the numbers so the local Chinese film would do well (because they mostly do poorly). So not only does Hollywood get incorrect figures for ticket sales they also lose the money as that ticket sale goes to the Chinese film instead of the Hollywood film the person paid to see.

    Turns out without the Chinese market Top Gun still did massively well.

    1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

      Re: Greedy

      -> None of them give a shit about China's human rights issues

      Look closer to home. There are voter disenfranchisement programs in the USA. Where were you when these took place?

      Top Gun is American jingoism. We saw how well that turned out in Afghanistan with the last plane out.

      1. steviebuk Silver badge

        Re: Greedy

        Wondered how long for the wumao would take to appear.

        Top Gun is just a popcorn flick nothing more. We all see it as cheesy and corny and a throw back to the 80s and the equally cheesy original (although the music was shit in the new one).

    2. gandalfcn Silver badge

      Re: Greedy

      1949 Syrian coup d'état

      1949–1953 Albania

      1951–56 Tibet

      1953 Iranian coup d'état

      1954 Guatemalan coup d'état

      1956–57 Syria crisis

      1960 Congo coup d'état

      1961 Cuba, Bay of Pigs Invasion

      1961 Dominican Republic

      1963 South Vietnamese coup

      1964 Bolivian coup d'état

      1964 Brazilian coup d'état

      1966 Ghana coup d’état

      1967 US manufactured coup in Greece

      1971 Bolivian coup d'état

      1970–73 Chile

      1980 Turkish coup d'état

      1979–89 Afghanistan, Operation Cyclone

      1980 -1988 material support for Iraq against Iran

      1981–87 Nicaragua, Contras

      1983 Grenada

      1996 Iraq coup attempt

      2001 Afghanistan

      2003 to 2011 Iraq War

      2011 Libyan civil war

      2011–present Syria

      Panama?

      IRA

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