The Future of Manufacturing Is in America, Not China
BY VIVEK WADHWA, foreignpolicy.com
A furor broke out last week after it was reported that the uniforms of U.S. Olympians would be manufactured in China. “They should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile, and burn them,” said an apoplectic Sen. Harry Reid. The story…
What is going to accelerate the trend isn’t, as people believe, the rising cost of Chinese labor or a rising yuan. The real threat to China comes from technology. Technical advances will soon lead to the same hollowing out of China’s manufacturing industry that they have to U.S industry over the past two decades.Hmmm… This sounds like wishful thinking again. Even if there are questions about China’s rate of technology achievement there are a lot of other mechanisms that the Chinese can apply. I think we have to have in mind that much of the Chinese cleverness is not the same kind of individual one that we believe is the only one, but more of a herd or ant model of smartness.
P A Martin Börjesson
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