Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 684
Chapter 684 – The fire spread to home (Part 1 of 2)
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In China, the tides changed, and everyone was scolding Sony,Toshiba, and the other two companies. At about the same time, Fu Guangzheng andLi Zekai returned back to Hong Kong.
Li Zekai was speaking to his father, hoping for him to givethose companies some pressure.
Currently, the mainstream freight was by sea, and SupermanLi was the king of seaports. This was also the reason why Superman Li was oneof the wealthiest people in the world. In terms of influences, he was moreinfluential than the tycoons ranked above him.
This was because Superman Li can choose to be ruthless. Hecan choose to not earn your money, but your transportation cost will increaseby several times. This was why many companies were not willing to offendSuperman Li.
Superman Li’s most significant investment was the ports,followed by properties, energy, technology, etc. Although managing seaportsmight not seem to be more profitable than properties, seaports were SupermanLi’s biggest assets. He could make use of his ports to influence the politicsof other countries.
Superman Li was calm as usual. He picked up his teacup andtook a sip, before asking Li Zeju: “What do you think?”
Li Zeju looked at his father and his younger brother andasked seriously. “I think we should give those companies some warnings. ThoseJapanese companies knew that our family has shares in Tai Hua SupermarketCorporation and younger brother is still the Chairman. They are no showing usrespect by making those claims.”
“If Japan wants to export its products to the west or otherparts of Asia, the most convenient and economical way of transportation is bysea freight. Those Japanese companies had been wanting to have some say in theports. If it weren’t for them, we would not need to spend so much more when weacquire some of those ports. Now, it is time to teach them a lesson. We mustlet them know the consequences of offending our Li family!”
“Also, I feel that the Chinese Government might sit by anddoing nothing regarding this incident. Our family has shares in Tai HuaSupermarket, and the Chinese Government has been paying particular attention toour company. By giving those companies warnings, should be in line with whatthe Chinese government’s intention. We will be able to increase our impressionwith the Chinese Government. This is also a benefit.”
Superman Li nodded: “The Chinese Government will not standon the sidelines. They will surely support us! Don’t forget that person was stillaround. China is a rising power; no other country can ignore. No matter whichcountry China is facing, the Chinese Government will take a firm stance. Thisincident had escalated from a business dispute to an international level. Thatperson will never give in to Japan!”
Li Zekai’s eyes brighten up. “Dad, you agree to this?”
“Yes. Why should I disagree? I also have shares in Tai HuaSupermarket. Setting an example to others is a tactic since ancient times. Wewant others to follow our rules and not follow the standards set by others.Now, those few companies are giving us a chance to show our influences. Zeju,make the call now. Notify all our ports to restrict those few companies’ shipsfrom docking. Do not allow those few companies to unload their goods at ourports. If those companies ask for the reason, just tell them we don’t own themany reasons!”
Superman Li might look like kind usually. But he was scarywhen it comes to times like this.
“Oh, Feng Yu had also asked the Fu Family to suppress thosefew companies’ share prices and then make use of the opportunity to make someprofits. Should we join them?” Li Zekai asked.
“We don’t need to interfere with the share prices. We aredifferent from Fu Rongqi. His company is dealing with financial markets andhave lots of experience. The risk of doing this is very high, and we couldeasily get into trouble. If possible, we will stay away from this area. We willonly participate if they asked us for help.”
“Uncle, Feng Yu said that he had called you. He wants tosuppress those few companies’ shares and then take the opportunity to acquiretheir shares to make money. He asked me to tell you that it is about time.”
“I know. This time I will handle this personally.Guangzheng, what are the chances of us winning in this incident?” Fu Rongqiasked.
“I think we have more than 95% chances of winning!”
“Oh? Why do you think so? Those few companies are worthseveral billion. They are all multinational corporations. They are combiningtheir strengths and have the backing of the Japanese Government. You are sosure that you all will win?” Fu Rongqi asked him back.
“We also have the support of the Chinese Government. Feng Yuhad already gotten the help from the higher-ups. Also, the Chinese Governmentwill benefit by supporting us. Although Japan’s economy seems to be strongerthan China, everyone knows the potential of the Chinese market. Many countrieswish to trade with China, and because of this, the Chinese Government has moreconfidence to face off Japan. Also, Feng Yu said that something interestingwill happen in Japan. I think he still has some other tricks up his sleeves.”
“You don’t know what is his plans and you believe that youall will succeed?” Fu Rongqi asked.
Fu Guangzheng smiled cunningly: “There is also one morething that affirms my confidence. You have agreed to help Feng Yu to suppressthose few companies’ share prices.”
“President, this is today’s papers.” Norio Ohga’s assistantpassed the newspaper to him. He paused for a while and seems to have somethingto tell him.
“What’s the matter?”
“President, please look at the newspaper first.” Theassistant said.
Newspaper? Was there some important news today? Is there areport on our PlayStation sales? Is Nintendo introducing a new gaming consoleto compete with us?
Norio Ohga looked at the papers. When he saw the headlines,his face changed!
Toshiba, Sony and some other companies’ factories in Chinahad caused serious pollution. Workers’ health and safety were ignored, and manywork-related injuries were being disregarded.
The Chinese Government is concerned about these incidentsand wanted investigations to be conducted on these companies. The Japanesecompanies involved had tarnished Japan’s image and caused served damages toJapan’s reputation. Japan’s economy will also be affected because of thisincident…….
What’s the meaning of this? Sony does not have any factoriesin China! Errr……. After Sony and Toshiba partnered, Toshiba’s factories inChina were helping Sony to manufacture their products.
But what does the pollution and work-related injuries causedby Toshiba’s factories got to do with Sony? Why was Sony mentioned in thenews?!
Also, this matter had blown up to this proportion, how comeI am unaware of it? This was already reported in Japan’s newspaper, and it wasnot good for Sony’s brand image!
Translator’snotes: Li Ka-Shing controlled the largest port operator in the world.
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