Today’s Editorial Cartoon


From today's USA Today, on the heels of the recent bad quality from China news, which includes:

Anyway, click on the cartoon for a larger view. Maybe we need to try harder to understand the context and the complexity of China before criticizing?

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  1. Joe says

    I could be missing your point, Mark, but I don’t think the cartoon you linked to is criticizing China.

    It’s critical of America (and probably most directly American business) for being actively negligent in sending all of this work to China and being surprised when problems seep through. It also seems a commentary on the American businesses who have been a part of the supply chain that outsourced to China, but want no blame on themselves when problems come from their suppliers.

  2. Mark Graban says

    You’re right joe, that’s my point exactly, to emphasize what the cartoon says. This isn’t just a “china problem”, american business plays a role, as the cartoon brilliantly points out.

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