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Could Dell Be Next to Leave China?

Today a story about the whole Google-China situation appeared on the front of the Hindustan Times (via Engadget). Though the article focused mostly on Google's business in China, a brief mention of another large company following suit has people talking.

The Hindustan Times cites Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as saying Dell is considering moving business from China to somewhere else.

"This morning I met the chairman of Dell Corporation," the Prime Minister said. "He informed me that they are buying equipment and parts worth $25 billion from China. They would like to shift to safer environment with climate conducive to enterprise with security of legal system."

However, there are some companies that are siding with China. The Associated Press reports that TOM Online, a mobile Internet company that operates tom.com, is severing ties with Google because of everything that has happened. The Internet firm said yesterday it was stopping use of Google's search services after "the expiry of agreement."

"TOM reiterated that as a Chinese company, we adhere to rules and regulations in China where we operate our businesses," the company's parent, Hong Kong-based TOM Group, said in a statement Tuesday.

  • kelemvor4
    Wouldn't it be great if you could buy PC's manufactured in the US again? More likely, Dell would go to Japan or Taiwan or the Philippines though, rather than doing the right thing.
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  • Abrahm
    kelemvor4Wouldn't it be great if you could buy PC's manufactured in the US again? More likely, Dell would go to Japan or Taiwan or the Philippines though, rather than doing the right thing.They're considering moving to India.
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  • hennnry
    It would be great to buy computers made in usa again... except that now, what costs 800 will cost 2000. I know I don't have that kind of money, do you?
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  • brendano257
    It's sad to see any company or person siding with China at the moment. I'm behind Google almost 100%, they backed out of an awful environment, most likely loosing money at the time as well. Someone needs to put China in check for their human rights violations and entire regime-like mindset.
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  • HavoCnMe
    No, bring them home like kelemvor4 said. We NEED the JOBS.
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  • tayb
    kelemvor4Wouldn't it be great if you could buy PC's manufactured in the US again? More likely, Dell would go to Japan or Taiwan or the Philippines though, rather than doing the right thing.
    Maybe if people in the USA didn't think they were worth so much more than they are Dell could bring their manufacturing facilities back here and operate them. Too bad that's a pipe dream because workers here would expect to be paid $15+ an hour doing unskilled work in a factory and then they would unionize and drive up costs even further by demanding outrageous benefits for doing their unskilled labor. If Dell leaves they will be heading to India.

    I would rather have inexpensive Dell products than ones that had "Made in the USA" stitched on the back in tiny letters.
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  • xeensd
    Dell could not afford to bring those jobs back to the US.
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  • Trueno07
    Bring them jobs back to 'merica!!

    Sadly, xeensd is right...
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  • tommysch
    We should lower our living standards and run the developing world to bankruptcy.

    Screw them, I want my imperialism back ASAP.
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  • andrewcutter
    i think it has to do with cost of living since us is a developed country. Ppl need more income to live. Whereas here in india, the cost of living is comparitvly less. The places were factories are setup, it is even less than the cities. So the employees will be happy with less than what is needed in us. As far as unions are considered we have them here also. In fact i think it is there everywhere. Just like we have human rights, workers too need to be protected from exploitation. so legally i tihnk we need a union. the problem is in real world terms either the company has a huge hold that unions becomes voiceless leading to sweat shops or unions become too strong leading to stagnation.... like everything a healthy comprimise between the too is required.
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