We're practically already China, in terms of how the government functionally operates.
No, we package our shits much better. They have propaganda departments; we have marketing departments. They are starting to learn political marketing from us, however.
because Windows 10 == Windows X
It is likely the too big to fail at play. Gmail is used by lots of people and companies. When you are too big, government will have to keep you running by either not hurting you or, as in the US, by rescuing you.
They mangage/manipulate their currency so that there is effectively a huge discount to all products and services in China.
That's a myth as pointed out in my summary. Back in early 1990's the official rate was something like 1 USD to 3 RMB but the black market rate was 1:8. Nobody would bring their USDs to the bank to get Yuan; instead they all found black market source to get more Yuan. Eventually, the Chinese government realized they couldn't pop up the Yuan and so let it fall to the black market rate. Currently, the black market rate is the same as the official rate. If it is really undervalued, I would think the black market would reflect that. In China, always look at the black market first.
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