TO THE EDITOR:
I was astonished and disappointed that “Courtship begins for Chinese brands” (April 2) included this response from a general sales manager: GAC “might be the next Hyundai.” GAC or any other Chinese automaker will never be the next Hyundai or Toyota or Honda. The reason is simple: Those manufacturers come from countries that share our democratic and republic principles in general and do not threaten their neighbors militarily.
Dealers and manufacturers need to realize that sometimes you do the right thing and don’t simply worship the buck. Some will try to justify their positions by saying, “If I don’t do it, someone else will anyway.” So let them. Do the right thing because you have to look in the mirror every day.
Supporting and rewarding totalitarian governments that oppress their own people, advocate taking over vital trade routes and use the funding sent there to do more of it is inexcusable and irresponsible.
Remember, these Chinese manufacturers are not private or public companies; they are government entities. Dealerships and manufacturers need to respect that if some things don’t change, the money they send will be used against them and our way of life. If nothing else, the Chinese government is patient and knows it can rely on the short-term views of too many in the Western world.
Dealers and Western manufacturers need to appreciate that they’ve been successful because they operate in free societies. Yes, you really do need a conscience, and you really do owe your home bases something.
MARK BRIDEAU, Grand Rapids, Mich. The writer was a business and engineering executive for commercial vehicles.