Remember the movie “The Russians Are Coming”? It was a tongue-in-cheek comedic tale of a small New England town’s run-in with the crew of a Russian submarine that ran aground nearby. Thus began their frantic efforts to defend U.S. shores against that then-Communist nation during the Cold War.
It seems that the Chinese are now coming, but not in submarines. Last month Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. (SAIC), the domestic partner of Volkswagen and General Motors in China, announced the opening of their new North American Operations Center in Birmingham, MI. It seems the company’s goal is to create a stronger connection between the U.S. and Chinese automotive industries, and deepen “relations with its existing U.S. parts makers—and finding new companies to work with,” said IHS SupplierBusiness in a recent editorial....