Daimler, or rather one of its Chinese customers, is paying late penance for the ill-fated merger with Chrysler. A Chinese patriot proudly presented this trophy on Weibo, the Chinese version of the (blocked in China) Twitter. He said he took it off a “Japanese Mitsubishi” which he savaged in rage against Japan’s occupation of the Diaoyu islands.
Mitsubishi Motors fell into the hands of Daimler through the merger with Chrysler. After that fell apart. Mitsubishi soon was back on its own.
The Weibo message says: “I am an angry young man. I’m not cool with Japanese cars, I saw a Mitsubishi car, and angrily ripped its logo out…”
Over the weekend, angry mobs ransacked Japanese department stores and restaurants, burned Japanese factories and Japanese cars. In the Chinese city of Qingdao, Ash Sutcliffe, owner/operator of Chinacartimes, was denied entry to a parking lot, on the grounds that “it was reserved for Chinese, German, and Korean cars only.” Ash’s Nissan Qashqai was not welcome. Ash showed the guard his “English middle finger,” and he parked unmolested across the street.
He was lucky. Also in Qingdao, angered Chinese did set a Toyota dealership on fire and smashed the windows of 200 cars.
On Monday, matters calmed down after people realized that mainly Chinese interests get hurt. Ironically, it would be the Chinese government that would take the brunt of a boycott of Japanese cars. Most are made in China by joint ventures that have government-owned enterprises as joint venture partner.