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      02-13-2012, 04:38 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by JohnMan View Post
But why would China be on the radar back in the 60's and 70's in the first place? They were closed off and in the throes of the Cultural Revolution then. In any case, I think China and Hong Kong markets have very much gone their own way now. The tastes and preferences of mainland buyers are not quite the same as those of Hong Kong. In that respect, HK is not really a "beachhead" for the mainland market like it was in the 90's and early 00's.
I never said China was on the radar back in 60's & 70's. It wasn't a blip on the radar meaning nobody cared nor even thought about that market.
HK & PRC tastes have never converged, so they have been on their separate ways since day 1.
HK is still a beach head for mainland market in terms of potential new product introduction, not in terms of manufacturing but in terms of marketing. Showrooms & car shows attract a lot of mainland traffic & data are being collected at those venues.