Mitt was correct about China

One of the points Mitt raised in talking about trade with China is the fact that China cheats, not just be manipulating currency (which Mitt also mentioned) but also by failing to stop counterfeiting.  (I’d be willing to bet that the government encourages counterfeiting, but I don’t have any proof and am too lazy to seek it out right now).  As part of my new computer, I needed to download a driver.  On the driver download page, I found this statement from the manufacturer:

Warning Notice:

Please be warned that counterfeit (fake) PL-2303HX (Chip Rev A) USB to Serial Controller ICs using Prolific’s trademark logo, brandname, and device drivers, were being sold in the China market. Counterfeit IC products show exactly the same outside chip markings but generally are of poor quality and causes Windows driver compatibility issues (Yellow Mark Error Code 10 in Device Manager). We issue this warning to all our customers and consumers to avoid confusion and false purchase.

Please be warned that selling counterfeit products are illegal and punishable by civil and criminal courts according to the trademark, copyright, and intellectual properties laws and regulations. Prolific will take proper and severe actions to cease and confiscate these counterfeit products. Prolific also prohibits the distribution of any PL-2303 drivers (including download links) without written permission from Prolific.

Prolific advices end-users to only purchase vendor branded cable products with company name contact information for service and support. Prolific does not sell cables with Prolific brand and packaging. In case you suspect a counterfeit chip inside, you may also contact Prolific to provide the vendor information.

The above notice makes it quite clear that the counterfeiting doesn’t only steal from legitimate businesses, it also puts American businesses at risk. A fake Gucci won’t cause any problems to the end buyer beyond social humiliation. A fake computer part, though, can cause a disastrous and costly computer failure.

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  • MacG

    “Yellow Mark Error Code 10 in Device Manager)”  For a product made in China? Seriously? Where are the PC police?  :)

    “Please be warned that selling counterfeit products are illegal and punishable by civil and criminal courts according to the ”

    That would be “is illegal and punishable”   The grammar is reminiscent of those assembly instructions I find in Chinese products.  It seems Google translator is getting better…

  • jj

    I don’t know who provides translations for Facebook, but I have a fair amount of family in France and Switzerland who post in French, and the translations generally have everybody on the floor, howling.  Kind of like when Mark Twain took the French version of “The Jumping Frog” and re-translated it back to English.  “The Frog Jumping of the County Calaveras” is a riot, eminently worth a read if you never have.

  • David Foster

    Integrated circuits are also used in medical devices, where a low-quality counterfeit could have very serious consequences.

    There has also been a problem with counterfeit aircraft parts. 

  • David Foster

    Also, a piece from Der Spiegel about hazardous food products from China.



  • Bookworm

    David:  What’s funny in a dark humor kind of way is the fact that, in Germany, the only mass food deaths I know of came from organic bean sprouts, not tainted Chinese food.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Whoops! Looks like Romney was also correct about Obama owning investments in Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

    It’s hard being a demagogue in a free-press society. 

  • pst314

    Book, you didn’t read the entire article:
    “Many Germans only realized how much of the food on their plates is harvested and produced in China when thousands of schoolchildren in eastern Germany were afflicted with diarrhea and vomiting two weeks ago in an epidemic thought to have been triggered by Chinese strawberries contaminated with norovirus.”
    “In 2008, some 300,000 infants in China were harmed by milk and baby formula products adulterated with the chemical melamine.”
    “Chinese producers have also sold peas dyed green, which lost their color when cooked, fake pigs’ ears and cabbage containing carcinogenic formaldehyde. Then there was the cooking oil that was captured in restaurant drains, reprocessed, rebottled and resold.”
    To avoid poisoned honey, I only buy from local producers.

  • Bookworm

    pst314:  I know people have gotten ill, but I think that deaths are still limited to the organic beansprouts.

    Incidentally, I’m not defending Chinese execrable practices regarding food production.  China is a bad actor in many ways, not just for its own citizens, but for the health and safety of the rest of the world.  I’m just pointing out the irony of the fact that the worst outcomes have been from the “healthy” stuff.

  • pst314

    Book, not only did I not notice that you were speaking only of deaths, but I completely failed to appreciate the organic bean sprout reference. And as someone who has met his share of health food nuts, that’s pretty bad. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for my first morning cup of “death culture” caffeine.

  • Ymarsakar

    Freedom is slavery war, Book. When it comes to the Left and their various fractal variations of the same Utopia, it pays to know their roots.