Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
150 in-depth interviews of CEOs, Communications Directors, corporate board members and other top officials at major companies throughout the US was conducted.
The following question was asked:
Chinese Currency is now pegged to the US dollar. Some have argued that this has a negative impact on the US economy. Do you agree that the Chinese currency peg to the US Dollar adversely impacts the US economy?
1. Well more than half agree (57%) – Strongly agree (29%) + somewhat agree (28%)
2. About one-third disagreed (30%) – somewhat disagree (21%) + strongly disagree (9%)
3. About one in eight said – “Uh, what is exchange rate?” 13% weren’t sure.
I don’t think it is the exchange rate. I think America just can’t cut it – can’t produce the quality products at a reasonable price so that the world will buy it.
Case in point – the revaluing of the Japanese yen changed nothing….
What do you think?
These survey results were taken from a poll conducted by the Committee of 100.
The Committee of 100 is a national, nonpartisan organization composed of prominent American citizens of Chinese descent. The members of this group pool their resources to address important issues that concern the Chinese/American community but, Imho, more importantly, foster better US-Greater China relations.
Recently, this group asked the polling firm ZOGBY to conduct an extensive survey of American Attitudes Toward China.
They polled the General Population (General Public) as well as Chinese Americans. Business leaders, Opinion leaders and Congressional staffers, subsets of the general public were also polled.
In keeping with the Committee of 100 ideas, I hope it will create discussion and be used to better understand U.S.-China relations and help those concerned to formulate recommendations on how to improve relationships between these two great countries.
Exchange rates obviously can be a critical issue in international business, both negative and positive, but I do think that the real impact of the undervaluation of the yuan is largely academic at this point.
I don’t agree that the problem is an inability on the part of American companies to produce quality goods. My own experience is that in most industries, American-made products are very competitive on quality with goods produced elsewhere — and in the case of competition with Chinese production, I would argue that in general American manufactured products are at least of more consistent quality than those from China. Indeed, in most industries in which I’ve had experience, I would say that the Chinese themselves recognize “American-made” as a mark of quality.
The question is the “reasonable price” part of the equation. What is “reasonable” is relative. The leaders of the American labor movement would argue that goods need to be priced at a level to underwrite fully funded company health coverage and retirement benefits. And they would further argue that it’s the low prices allowed by a very different economic and labor environment in China that are “unreasonable”. A consumer weighing the relative tradeoffs of competing goods might well view the reasonableness of a price very differently. All of this suggests that, not surprisingly, the real question is not whether the price is “reasonable” but whether it is “competitive.”
All of which brings me to my bottom line on exchange rates between the dollar and the yuan. From the analyses I’ve read, it appears that the yuan may be undervalued by about 30%. Given the much greater wage cost disparities between China and the U.S. driven in part by very different supply and demand curves for labor,I don’t believe that an adjustment in the currency valuation to the suggested levels would be sufficient to significantly alter the competitive price advantage enjoyed by Chinese exports in those markets where price is a driver of customer preference.