If looking at the very top of comments to the original SvD article regarding the Swedish Ambassador in China and his report, you will find a comment from SU reader and commenter LasseS or Lars as his real name is.
The comment pretty much sums up all the questions that I have regarding everything Saab-China-Russia and The Swedish Government. And I like Lars would like some answers.
I wonder what responsibilities the Swedish Embassy in Beijing has?
Is it really an embassytask to examine Swedish company’s business partners? Should politics control the dealings of Private businesses? And if so, on what basis and with what purpose? Is it to promote promote international investment, or to complicate them?
One can imagine a stateeconomy. But after all I know Sweden as a market economy. Strange that this conservative government meddles in so much of all things Saab. If the market is supposed to solve their own problems, which the government claims is their standpoint, why do they then try and prevent Russian and Chinese companies investing their money in the Saab? On the one hand, they are passive and cautious and do not want to help the industry, on the other hand, behave just like a old mercantilists.
It is neither not clear what they are really out to achieve. The fact is that they review these foreign companies and their representatives much harder than Swedish or Western ditos. They would have to have good reason to do so. They do not examine their financial muscle but instead examine their “reputation”. It examines in detail the persons involved, personal relationships in a way which cross the boundary to the private sphere. To test their “genuine interest” in Saab in a tougher way than it does to people who are looking for Swedish citizenship.
But they gives no information on values you really stand for and what should be the aim with this all. What criteria other than financial criteria will actually be met in order to invest in Saab? Are you supposed to be a Swedish, or at least a western company to gain access? And what is so much better with an American business than the Russian or Chinese? What are one looking for if one examines the personal relationships and interests? Do they want to promote Swedish or Western values abroad?
Do we not want to let in foreign culture in Sweden?
Mr Reinfeldt, I ask for a clarification!
I concur with Lars. Please speak out
Thanks to Lars (LasseS) for letting us use your comment on SU