Haven't been able to read threads in this forum recently (too busy in these months) and just noticed this one. I am a Taiwanese and had lived there for 40 years. I know Taiwan and China very well in every aspect, including the political one. Honestly it very very hard to explain the nuance in the relationship between Taiwan and China. Nothing is simple between two nations, and if you are not a person who've grown up in that culture like me, it's almost impossible to get a comprehensive understanding or "feeling" of that kind of relationship.
What Leon's post in 4th Mar said is generally what I know and what I want to say. Business is business. When we are talking a specific product or brand we are talking about the quality/reputation of the products (hence the brand they represent), but not any political bias. The best robot arms manufacturer in the world Kuka now is Chinese owned, but they might still maintain their product quality if they make right decisions in the production process (manufacturing locations, procedure, etc.).
The accordion industry is the same. I believe that the craft skills are hard to transfer in a short period of time, and that's why I still buy a PIGINI, not a Hohner, since I trust more on skilled craftsmen in PIGINI's Italian factory. So it's about who make them, and like the title said, where they are made with the craft culture and tradition that can maintain the quality, but not who own the brand. If PIGINI get owned by some Chinese (or Korean, Brazilian, Taiwanese whoever you can imagine) company in the future but the manufacturing remains 100% the same in same place, the quality would be the same.
And as far as I know, there is no accordion industry in Taiwan. I know almost every accordion teacher/player in Taiwan and no one has told me that any single accordion was completely made in Taiwan. The labor in Taiwan was much more expensive than in China in this 20 yrs (but now it's changing). And of course I might be wrong.
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on Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:03 am, edited 2 times in total.