Fuyao Glass: Low taxes but troublesome workers in the U.S. – China’s latest business and technology news

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A summary of the top news in Chinese business and technology for June 12, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Huge hole in Shanghai-bound jet’s engine, a Korean connection in Pakistan kidnapping."

Fuyao Glass — which makes windshields for cars — made the news in December last year for a $1 billion investment in the U.S. that included taking over a General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. The size of the investment was noteworthy, but comments from company chairman Cao Dewang 曹德旺 perhaps caused a greater stir: Cao explained his investment decision by saying the U.S. was a cheaper and better place to make glass than China because American taxes were much lower

Now the New York Times says (paywall) that “tensions have arisen” at the Dayton plant “over safety, foreign control and culture clashes.” United Automobile Workers have launched what the Times calls an “acrimonious campaign” against Fuyao, while “a former manager who says he was let go in part because he is not Chinese” has filed a lawsuit.