Thursday, November 17, 2005

"Coals to Newcastle?"

It's the small things....

I think most would agree with me when I say that you'd have to go far to beat the overall quality of the California wines.

So, when it's announced that a country plans to market its wines to California one has to wonder whether they are insane or that they really have something to talk about--especially when the country we are referring to is not France.

The fact of the matter is that this new crop of wine is coming from where? China. Yes, China, the land famous for its rice, is now moving into wine producing.

And purists say that the Chinese are producing some very interesting and tasty varieties.

If China can switch over its agricultural patterns in a matter of a few years to grow something it had absolutely no experience with, just imagine what that augers for other fields.

Take ship building. At present, Korea is the leader. But they have switched to luxury yachts. Why? They know that China is planning to become the ship-building monolith and doing it virtually from scratch. If the giant, Korea, is bowing out under pressure, just imagine what a force China truly is when it sets its mind on something.

The handwriting is on the wall. The admonition: America, watch your step. The Chinese are coming. And when they decide to push cars, which they are starting to do, be prepared to have your competitive edge blown away.

What are we doing about it? The same thing we're doing in New Orleans.

The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming! may be words we hear regularly from now on inasmuch as they already own the "stuff" market.

Les Aaron
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