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General Motors (GM -0.6%) and Ford (F -0.9%) could be in line for extra global sales in Q4 as...

General Motors (GM -0.6%) and Ford (F -0.9%) could be in line for extra global sales in Q4 as rivals Toyota (TM -2%) and Honda (HMC -0.7%) reel from the double-whammy of large recalls and slumping sales in China. Analysts warn that a territorial dispute between China and Japan could keep an informal boycott of Japanese products in place for months, while the safety recalls for both automakers are another hit to their reputation for quality.
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  • Venerability
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    China is not going to back down on this dispute, and the US has been extremely imprudent in tacitly backing Japan.


    It is, of course, really about Oil and Gas - what isn't? - although Japan has very little at stake in this regard.


    People interested in the Energy sector need to read up on the various Players involved and make their own decisions, with so many Market participants totally clueless at this point.
    10 Oct 2012, 05:18 PM Reply Like
  • Raymondjram
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    The U.S. should not back Japan since this disputed territory was Chinese, but invaded by Japan during its Imperial era (early 20th century). This was also the era when Japan needed to guarantee its oil supplies in the Pacific, and U.S. was a big "thorn" in its plans. So they planned the destruction of the Navy at Hawaii to scare us out of the Pacific. It backfired, and we nuked them twice, winning a terrible war. Now the U.S. is Japan's biggest customer, and China was its second.


    China will impose its might on Japan economically and probably will win. So the U.S. will back China, and gain China as its best trade partner. Japan will complain against the U.S, but it cannot lose us as a trading partner. Japan should have learned its lesson over 70 years ago!
    10 Oct 2012, 07:59 PM Reply Like
  • Ryandan
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    "Japan should have learned it's lesson over 70 years ago"


    Hello, read some history, the Japanese have been some of the most hostile and murderous people over the last 2000 years.


    Just ask China - who was the biggest target during that time.


    11 Oct 2012, 09:50 AM Reply Like
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