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Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) wrote:

I've always thought of Chinese products as cheaper than the stuff Made in the US of A. So it surprised me when I was in China several years ago and read an article in an English language magazine about how Chinese farmers growing corn and some other products couldn't complete with the mass-produced and low-priced imported American corn, etc. Economy of scale. Who'd a thought?

I guess there's two sides to every coin.

In a message dated 3/16/05 8:09:56 PM, akester(--nospam--at) writes:

Chinese do not buy much from us in the form of goods and services. ... Supply and demand, ain't it a b*tch sometimes!

... That is why I say global economics is so dang complicated of an issue it is better left off this list.

Another irony:

I have a good friend, a lady who I supervised at my last "real" engineering employer. She and her husband are both Chinese, she from Beijing and he from one of the eastern provinces.

They came here when they were both very young, to attend college at U. of Kentucky, and got their degrees in Civil Engineering and Business Management respectively. He went into the restaurant business, like so many Chinese emigrants do.

He immediately became fascinated with the high quality of U.S. restaurant equipment, stuff that your local McDonald's or Bennigan's will take for granted. He got friendly with some of the manufacturer's reps, went on tours of factories, etc., and got a bright idea.

He got the U.S. manufacturers of certain equipments such as large ovens and fryer systems to "license" their technology to him, and then he set up a small factory in China to begin making this equipment there (in one of the "free enterprise zones" in Shanghai), NOT for export to the U.S., but for the CHINESE market.

He pays licensing fees to U.S. manufacturers so that he can keep ahead of the technology curve (you wouldn't think there'd be much tech in restaurant equipment but like everything else it has all gone digital, as well as using newer materials, etc.) because his stuff is so highly prized among Chinese restaurateurs that other Chinese entrepeneurs have taken to making "knock-offs" of his stuff--but he's always a step or two ahead.

His equipment is considered the "Cadillac" of restaurant equipment in China--a big market for him.

Oh, and where does so much of his profit go? Right here to investments in the U.S., etc.

I repeat: Free Enterprise/Free Trade is both inevitable and expansive. EVERYONE benefits. There's no such thing as "trade" that benefits only one side, or is extremely lopsided. If both sides don't benefit sufficiently, the transactions end.

People here who whine about "jobs for America" are showing complete ignorance about economics. This is the sort of ignorance that politicians capitalize on as they pander for votes as "protectionists." This means both the so-called "paleo-cons" (who are somewhat "paleo" in that they have been around since before the U.S. was the U.S., but they AREN'T conservative, at least in the current sense of the term) and the radical pro-Unionist liberal Democrats.

I will NEVER forget how in the late 70s and through the 80s, "Japan, Inc." was supposed to "bury" us. Hm, wonder whatever happened with that? Got a clue?

Bill Polhemus, P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company

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