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What Does China Do Better?

Yesterday I talked about my time in China, and how its present flaws started appearing while I was there. But I’d also like to give credit where credit is due, because China has performed nothing short of an economic miracle by raising nearly 800 million people out of poverty (set at $1.90 a day by the World Bank) within about 30 years.


The average income per capita in China has risen by about 25 times what it was in 1990. When you’re starting off so low there’s much less of a barrier for growth, but it’s still astounding.


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China’s meteoric growth isn’t all that it’s got going for it. Its infrastructure is also very impressive. As someone who has lived there, I can tell you it’s like living in the future (at least in the cities). Public transportation is fast, efficient, and kept clean.


The United States just passed a historic infrastructure bill, a once-in-a-lifetime sort of revitalization that everyone needs. But China spends nearly 8% of its national budget on infrastructure every year. It might curtail that spending in the future as growth starts shifting to other areas, but that’s spending that lasts.

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The infrastructure is being built with the most modern technologies available. And a part of that massive infrastructure spending is going towards manufacturing and production capacity. Everyone knows that China is the chief manufacturer of so many everyday commodities because of its cheap labor force. But now they want to modernize their production too.


This represents such an economic threat to the United States. Just when we’re starting to re-invest in domestic manufacturing with so many key technologies, China is starting to ramp up its own ability to produce consumer products.


Our own infrastructure bill has gone to historic lengths to revitalize our own industries, but we must make sure that the spending also goes to the vitalization of our own manufacturing capacity.


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Where America has withdrawn, China wants to swoop in. Not to democratic values or alleviate the Taliban’s oppressive regime, but for the sake of trade. China’s moral indifference to the concept of freedom makes it much easier for China to trade with countries whose governments terrorize their people.


We need to be fully aware of this moving forward. America does not need to compromise its values to maintain its dominance, but it will have to accept that its dominance is being threatened. Anyone surprised by the rise of China has not been paying attention, and anyone repeating the same old line “tough on China” does not understand the problem.


I don’t want to be “tough on China,” I want to be tough for America. We need to get our head back in the game, and that starts with manufacturing right in Ohio.