Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 682
Extraordinary GeniusChapter 682 – War of words on Media
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<China’s pride or China’s disgrace?>
<Tai Hua Supermarket look down on others>
<International dispute arises from a businessdispute!>
These were the headlines that appeared in the newspaper allover China. This was discussed even on radio programs. This was no longer aminor business disagreement. It was now a severe dispute between the twonations!
Tai Hua Supermarket Corporation was the biggest supermarketchain in China and had overshadowed all other imitators in many provinces. Thishad caused much unhappiness with many, especially the local shopping malls andstate-owned enterprises.
Now, everyone wants to give Tai Hua Supermarket Corporationa kick when they are down. Before this incident, these people could not findany reason to find fault with Tai Hua Supermarket. But now, there was a goodreason. They just had to go along and will be able to give Tai Hua Supermarketa big headache. Their malls will be able to take advantage of this incident. Ifthey were lucky, they might be able to win some of Tai Hua Supermarket’scustomers over.
The media was not one-sided. Some media had publishedarticles that were objective. One of them was the <People’s Daily>, anational newspaper.
The article said that this incident was still underinvestigation and the public should not listen to one side of the story andconclude Tai Hua Supermarket was in the wrong. Also, no matter whether if TaiHua Supermarket was found to be in the wrong or not, the Beijing Governmenthave no reason or obligation to apologize to the Japanese Government! If TaiHua Supermarket was found to be innocent, then the Japanese companies shouldcome out and apologize!
The article did not say much about the Japanese Government,but those big Japanese companies were closely related to their government. Ifthose companies apologize, then it was equivalent to giving a hard slap to theJapanese Government! Furthermore, this was only a temporary measure. If therewere proof that the Japanese Companies had wrongly accused Tai Hua Supermarket,the Japanese Government would not get away unscattered!
Although the <People’s Daily> published this article,this article was not as influential as the countless articles published acrossmany other local newspapers. The local authorities used their influences,coupled with the Japanese Companies paying those newspaper agencies, most ofthe people were siding with them.
The people felt that Tai Hua Supermarket had disgracedChina. But…… they still prefer to shop at Tai Hua Supermarket as the itemsthere were cheaper.
Feng Yu sneered as he looks at the pile of newspapers on histable.
The more articles these newspapers published, the harderthey will fall when Iron Fist Zhu came out and showed his support for Tai HuaSupermarket. Of course, Feng Yu would not sit there to let Tai HuaSupermarket’s reputation take this beating. When it comes to the war of words,Feng Yu was the expert!
It’s just writing articles and create news. Feng Yu had beenthrough the internet era, where it was filled with sensational news. Thisargument over media was never an issue for Feng Yu.
<Why people would believe an accusation?>
<First class: foreigners, Second class: official, Thirdclass: Minority tribes, Fourth class: The Hans?>
<Japanese Companies’ plunder in China>
<Why did Tai Hua Supermarket reject those companies?>
Was China still an old conservative society? Why are thepeople still thinks that whatever the foreigners did were always right? Why areforeigners being treated as someone of higher social status?
When someone was accused of a crime by another person, willthe judge melt out the punishment based on the one-sided accusations and do notneed any evidence? Then, whoever started the lawsuit would be the winner!
Worshipping foreigners blindly was a terrible practice.What’s more terrible was some of our officials were worshipping foreigners.They were the root of this problem, and they caused the people under them tofollow their footsteps. Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence?
The ones who contributed the most to this country are theChinese and not those foreigners. Those foreigners had come to China to investare just for the profits and not to help us!
They did not come to China for nothing. They are allbusinessmen. A group of businessmen that wants to earn money from China.
The foreigners claim that they were helping us to clear ourrubbish and had sold us products at cheaper rates. These were all lies. TheJapanese companies who bought the so-called “rubbish” from us, contains rareresources. They were taking away our precious rare earth element from us andthen process it into electronic components. They will then sell thesecomponents back to us. Their cost was meager, but they exaggerated their costto earn our money.
Were these high tech refining technology really so difficult?Our country can also refine these rare earth element. But we did not noticethis before, and when we realized what was happening, this had been ongoing foryears.
Fair. This was what Tai Hua Supermarket had been emphasizingon. Any company who wishes to enter our Tai Hua Supermarket will be treatedfairly.
The representatives of Sony, Toshiba…… had come to ourcompany to demand special treatments. They think that their Japanese productsare better than the rest and they do not need to give anything in return. Theythink that Japanese companies were more significant than all other companies.
One reason why our company had rejected them was that we donot have any more space for them. Our partner brands had already filled theshelves with their products. We will not break our contracts with other brandsand ask them to remove their products from the shelves just to let theseJapanese brands sell their products in Tai Hua Supermarkets. Another reason iswe have lots of other imported brands whose products are of a higher qualitythan those few companies’ products. Tai Hua Supermarket has the obligation toprovide the best products for our customers. We will not promote those fewcompanies’ products just because they think their products are the best in theworld!
Feng Yu and the rest had gotten people to read lots ofarticles and published them in leading magazines and provincial newspapers.These articles were starting to change the public’s opinion on this incident.
These articles had increased the sales of the newspapers,and Tai Hua Supermarket Corporation had paid the newspaper agencies to publish.Why would the newspaper agencies reject them? Although some local governmenthad to step in to interfere, most newspaper agencies still published thesearticles.
Because this incident had become more intense, FuGuangzheng, Li Zekai and the rest returned back to Beijing. They wanted todiscuss with Feng Yu on how to handle this crisis.
“Brother Feng, having a war of words on the newspaper, isyour solution to this incident?” Li Zekai frowned. War of words was common inHong Kong. It can be seen almost every day in their newspapers.
Some arguments were between celebrities, some were betweenauthors, businessmen, and politicians. There were some arguments over legalcases. Reports and articles were published in the newspaper to influence thepublic’s opinion.
But it was hard to find a winner in these war of words.Also, this will drag for a long time. Tai Hua Supermarket Corporation could notafford to wait for so long as they were still building their brand andexpanding their operations now.
If Tai Hua Supermarket’s reputation was affected, then theywill be finished. The supermarket might still be able to continue to operate,but it would be hard for them to set up new branches. Those cities who wantedto bring in Tai Hua Supermarket might not be so enthusiastic anymore and willnot offer good conditions.
Even if it was only lower taxes, the total amount in a yearwas considerable. If Tai Hua Supermarket were able to get concession for theland parcel and other benefits like building bus stops around theirsupermarkets, it would be suitable for their supermarket’s development.
But all these depend on the image of Tai Hua Supermarket’sbrand. If Tai Hua Supermarket was found to have brought shame to China, thenthey will not be getting all these benefits, and many cities will not negotiatewith them.
One of the reasons why Fu Guangzheng, Li Zekai, and the restreturned to Beijing was that their talks with some cities had been halted. Thecities demanded harsh conditions and implemented new terms suddenly. There wereeven some cities that terminated their negotiations. They knew that even ifthey stayed in those cities, there would not be any progress, and they might aswell return back to Beijing to see what they can do to help with the situation.
After hearing Li Zekai’s question, Feng Yu laughed. “This isnot the only measure we are taking. This is only to stimulate them further andmake them retaliate harder. Look at this information. I had sent people tocollect this information some time ago. If this information were released tothe public, do you think we will lose the public opinion war?”
Li Zekai took the document and gave some of it to FuGuangzheng. Both of them read the document seriously. The more they read, themore they got angry. These Japanese companies should be chase out of China!
“If this information is accurate, then we will not lose tothem. I never expect these Japanese factories operated this way in China! Theythink that this is decades ago?!” Fu Guangzheng replied angrily.
“It should not be enough to just win the public’s opinion.Those Japanese companies can claim that what they are doing is followingChina’s regulations. It is China that did not take any actions, and it is noneof their business. Also, they will claim that we are discriminating Japanesecompanies. What can we retort to these claims?” Li Zekai asked.
“From the top down. I will contact the companies in the DVDforum and ask them to speak up for us internationally and at the same time,suppress Sony, Toshiba and the rest. I also hope that Brother Kai will borrowyour father’s influence to issue a warning to those companies. For example, youwill stop their distribution channels by restricting them from using yourfamily’s ports. I have also gotten a promise from the higher-ups. The ChineseGovernment will intervene and speak to the Japanese Government.” Feng Yu saidand pointed upwards.
Fu Guangzheng and Li Zekai remembered that China’s topofficial who had come to their opening ceremony. That person will help them? IfChina Government supports them, then they will win for sure.
Li Zekai thought for a while and said: “I need to speak tomy father first.”
“I am only requesting for his help. I am not forcing him. Ofcourse, if your father wants to establish a closer relationship with the topChinese officials, then he should know what to do. We do not need to try toconvince him. Brother Fu, can you tell your eldest uncle that those companies’share prices might drop soon. It is a good time to enter the market. Ask him touse all his tricks to press down those companies’ share prices.”
Even if the share prices of those big companies fall by 1%,the losses will amount up to 100 million USD! Those companies will surely thinkof ways to pull up their share prices. Feng Yu and the rest will be able toprofit from this.
“Ok. I will speak to my eldest uncle.”
Feng Yu showed one finger. “The winner will be announced inone week!”
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