So, is China really the economy superpower now? We seemed to be very apologetic to the Chinese government and you can feel the chain reaction of literally 'covering up our a**' and begging tourists from there to come and visit this 'most peaceful and beautiful country on Earth'. "Never mind the brouhaha from its own people. As long as tourists arrive, who the hell cares! Tourists=$$$".
BBC ran a 'Toy Story' picture-story of how a simple toy car (labelled 'Made In China' of course ) could end up in your children's hands. It is worthwhile to check it out.
Millions of toys will be eagerly unwrapped on Christmas morning. But few of those who give or receive will stop to consider how the toy came to be under the tree.
Like other industries, toy manufacturing has gone through a profound transformation as the global economy evolves. Many companies and countries may play a part in the making of a toy. China has a central role.
We follow one toy – a racing car - from conception through production to distribution and marketing.
What's your general perception of Chinese goods? I just got a remote control toy car from my Secret Santa (basically just people exchanging gifts anonymously). And it was malfunctioned and now in my dustbin.
And an interesting fact from the picture-story:
Employees work five or six days a week from 0800 to 1700, including 90 minutes off for lunch. Many work an extra three hours’ overtime each day, bringing their monthly salary to about 1,000 yuan ($124; £70).
So the next time you throw away a toy car, you may want to think again...