Chinese global market power
Chinese economic and cultural power in the world is often exaggerated these days, as people anticipate the superpower to come, but there is a curious sign of China’s future power driving American roads.
AutoWeek reports that the redesigned Honda Civic has a more luxurious interior — and blue instrument lights — because Chinese consumers wanted these things.
So American Civic owners are unknowingly living a slightly more Sinofied existence, a phenomenon which will spread with each year of Chinese economic growth. As China becomes the largest market for an ever-longer list of products and services, they will be modified to meet the needs and preferences of that market — Google is a recent example — and serve as vehicles of Chinese cultural power.
(Via Social Technologies)