We reported on how Chinese products are competing in markets historically dominated by Europe. Some readers blamed Europe's decline on its inefficiencies. Others criticized China's labor practices

The article "Twilight in Italy," on the competition that Italian manufacturers are facing from Chinese firms, hit the nail on the head [Dec. 5]. Italy is going to resemble China before it achieved economic success. In order to compete, Italians will have to give up the buying power and social security they are used to. Italy has been living under the delusion that the manufacture of quality chairs is...

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