China Syndrome–part of the New World Odor

China Syndrome–part of the New World Odor

By Ed Henry

Before you start popping off about how we ought to knock the hell out of communist China, boycott their products, or sever all relations, maybe you should think about all the Americans who are already over there doing business with the Chinese, why they’re there, and what would happen to them if we go get into a conflict with China.

Here’s a brief list of some of the American consumer companies and services with operations in China. This list does not include hotels, lawyers, consultants or technical industrial providers.

SOME AMERICAN COMPANIES NOW IN CHINA: Abbott Pharmaceutical, Alcoa, Allergen, American Airlines, Amtex, Ameritech, Amoco, Apple Computer, Arco Chemical, Arthur Anderson, AT&T, Baldwin Printing, BAMA Foods, Baskin-Robbins, Bausch & Lomb, Bell South, Bloomberg News, Boeing Aircraft, Budweiser, Caltex Oil, Chemtex, Chevron, Chrysler, Corning, Coca Cola, Compaq Computer, Crown Can, Cummins Diesel, D’Arcy Advertising, John Deere, Deloitte & Touche, Digital Equipment, Dow Chemical, Dow Jones, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, Eli Lilly, ESSO, Exxon, Federal Express, Ford Motor Co., Gallup, General Electric, General Motors, Golden Globe, Goodyear, Hewlett-Packard, Honeywell, Hormel Foods, Hughes International, Johnson & Johnson, J. Walter Thompson, Kellogg, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, Kraft Foods, Lockheed-Martin, Lottery Industries, Inc., Marsh & McLennan, McDonald’s, McDonnell Douglas, Merck Sarp & Dohme, Microsoft, Mobil Oil, Monsanto, Motorola, Nabisco, National Semiconductor, Nestle, NCR, Nike, Northwest Airlines, Novell, Oracle, Otis Elevator, Owens-Corning, Paccar, Pepsi, Pfizer, Phillip Morris, Phillips Petroleum, Pinkerton, Pitney-Bowes, Price Waterhouse, Proctor & Gamble, Raytheon, Rockwell, Sea Land, Southwestern Bell, Sprint, Square D, Sun Microsystems, Tektronix, Texaco, Texas Instruments, T.G.I. Friday’s, Time Warner, Tritek, Union Carbide, United Airlines, United Parcel, Upjohn, Visa, Warner Gear, Western Union, Westinghouse, Weyerhaeuser, Woodward Governor, and Xerox.

You might well ask what so many free enterprise, capitalist companies are doing in a communist nation. Maybe the following will give you some clue.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE AMERICAN BANKING, INVESTMENT AND INSURANCE COMPANIES OPERATING IN BEIJING: ABN Amro Bank, Aetna Insurance, Amcore, American Express, American International Group Insurance, Bank of America, Bank of Boston, Bankers Trust, Chase Manhattan, Chubb Insurance, Cigna Insurance, Citibank, Continental Insurance, First National of Chicago, Goldman Sachs, John Hancock, J.P. Morgan, Lehman Bothers, Lippo Group, Mahon & Associates, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Republic National of New York, Salomon Brothers and Smith Barney.

What do we need spy planes for? We’ve already got enough Americans inside China to keep us abreast of almost everything. Do you find that many Chinese companies or banks in America? And we’ve got a balance of trade where we’re buying many more products from them than they buy from us. Maybe you should look at recent events simply as a family squabble.

And please notice that some of these are manufacturers of our most sensitive and secret spy equipment. If the Chinese really wanted to have at us, why wouldn’t they be kidnapping and grilling technical people from Westinghouse, the manufacturer of most electronic surveillance equipment or Texas Instruments, General Electric and Raytheon, the big radar manufacturer?

What are ad agencies like D’Arcy and J. Walter doing in China? Translating McDonald’s ads into Chinese? Brokering big blocks of media time? J. Walter Thompson is not only Madison Avenue’s largest ad agency, it’s also the agency that handles presidential campaigns and was the first spot Vernon Jordan thought of getting Monica Lewinsky a job away from Washington, news that was hushed in a hurry. What else do you suppose they could be up to in China?

If you want to see the rest of the American firms in China and their addresses, go to:

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