China has a serious public relations problem. As a U.S. citizen who has lived and worked in The Middle Kingdom since 2004, I am sometimes taken aback by the depth of distrust and hostility towards China I often encounter from my fellow Americans. It’s very troubling.
Much of the criticism of China is justified. Shoddy, even dangerous, goods exported to the United States have resulted in the phrase “made in China” being more of a warning than a label of origin. Having said this, let me segue by pronouncing the glass both half full and half empty.
Even as a burgeoning Chinese middle class gathers the knowledge and means to appreciate European-style wines, the charlatans are zeroing in. Charges of re-labeling cheaply made wines with high end labels have already begun to surface.
While this illegal profiteering may deeply offend Western sensibilities, it may not be seen as such a…
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