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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
IME, the Chinese still place a distant 3rd place when it comes to bicycle parts. The difference is such that I will pay more for good quality Taiwan ROC over any Chinese parts.
You are putting Taiwan at number 2 then, but isn't that a lot countries to squeeze into top place??

I think the difference between Taiwan and mainland China in terms of manufacturing quality might be a result of the Japanese relocating their factories to Taiwan in the 80s after the Plaza Accord devalued other currencies against the Yen in the mid 80s, and the resulting skills transfer through the industry.

Just what I've read, it might be more complicated than that.

Interesting to consider whether will or why it has or hasn't happened in China since other countries have relocated their factories there. Broader skills transfer across the manufacturing industry I mean - individual companies do make high quality products in China already.
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