As someone who has worked in high tech manufacturing in Europe, the US, and Asia this is absolutely true. As an American and representative of a American company my experience was that once we had arduously hashed out the detailed specs and reached an agreement with our European supplier we could be confident they would not try to deliberately sneak anything past us. My experience with an Asian supplier was the opposite. I experienced outright lying on compliance matters and no apology or sense of fault when I had hard evidence to prove my case. It was a case of constant suspicion and need of monitoring. I much preferred working with the Europeans. While we certainly had our differences and heated disagreements, once an agreement was reached it was adhered to. Business-wise it was so much more refreshing to explicitly confront disagreements at the get go before the ink was dry rather than worry about being told yes (our Asian customers always answered yes to every question even when they had no intention of carrying it out) and finding your agreement was actively being undermined.