Richard Posted: 11/30/2009 8:06pm PST I agree it's a very interesting set of circumstances -- though I'm not quite sure what you mean by "non-technical, non-financial". For Ford and GM, issues of IP are tied *directly* to technology and financial gain. In other words: though it may appear on the surface that trustworthiness (or a lack thereof) is the problem, the *real* issue is proprietary, money-making technology. Carl Posted: 11/30/2009 6:46pm PST Seems like you have good insight. It is amazing that a non-technical, non-financial aspect of the Chinese bids to purchase some experience is doomed to fail because of untrustworthiness.