jbond, your right! But CHINA wants to control all the free worlds manufacturing, not there fair share. All the free world country's have lose of job's. What imports does CHINA let into there country? Your comment about American cars is interesting, what car is an American car? Japan, Germany build cars in the US, but they don't use US parts! The US builds cars in other county's, but don't use all US parts? Do you see the big picture?
Saying people won't buy products made in China because people want to keep their jobs is being closed minded and not looking at the big world picture. The United States is not only one of the largest importers of goods, we are also the largest exporter of goods. If the rest of the worlds population said they weren't buying anything from any other country, the U.S. included, then nobody would be importing or exporting. In fact, just because you bought an "American Car", doesn't mean all of the parts are manufactured in the U.S.
You want a prime example, the U.S. is the worlds largest wheat exporter. People talk about how bad the farmers have it, if they couldn't export their crops, this country would have even more financial issues.
There's no shortage of small to midsize EMS companies willing to bring offshore business "back home." It won't require building a massive infrastructure either. China has benefited from the influx of manufacturing and will continue to add to its infrastructure. We already have it. Regionalization should be pretty seamless in most areas of the Americas and the EU.
@FLYINGSCOT, well, yes and no. But I do agree that I think with consumer electronics specifically, consumers do indeed care very little.
Obviously there are "issues" with how Apple's products are produced in China, but even despite the fact that a good chunk of Apple users are likely to care about such things... it's not as if there is widespread outrage and Apple certainly isn't likely to move operations to America.
But outside of consumer electronics, yes, of course consumers care where their product is from. I personally realized something I had been eating was made in China, and no longer purchase it. Obviously, it DOES matter where the product came from in some cases.
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