A recent “Great Technological Rivalry” report from Harvard’s Belfer Center says China is already number one globally in some areas and could soon be the global leader in almost everything else.
In my 2020 book “UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Our Founding Fathers Rejected FREE TRADE And So Should We,” I highlighted similar information, listing the following:
- On November 2, 2017, CNBC.com published an article entitled “China has a real tech edge over the U.S., and it’s cultural.”
- An October 18, 2017, article on Bloomberg.com was entitled “Who Has the World’s No. 1 Economy? Not the U.S.”
- A story at usatoday.com in April 2017 was entitled “Why China is
beating the U.S. at innovation.”
- On March 1, 2019, Bloomberg.com featured an article entitled “In Tech Race With China, U.S. Universities May Lose a Vital Edge.”
- And perhaps most interesting, an article in the free trade-leaning The Economist magazine in February 2018 was entitled “China will soon have airpower rivaling the West’s” and subtitled “In some technologies, it has surpassed it.”
The strategy to stop sending our dollars to China is more than just about avoiding Chinese-made products. It is also about avoiding Chinese-owned companies, even those operating in the U.S.
For example, China owns the General Electric (G.E.) appliance division, Haier brand appliances, and Volvo automobiles. Regardless of where the factory is located, profits resulting from the sale of these product brands will go back to China.
Some concerned Americans might be swayed to buy American-made products by Chinese-owned GE Appliances since it has recently invested nearly $1.5 billion in new products and technology in Kentucky.
But guess what? This recent investment, including the $5.4 billion that China-based Haier Group paid to acquire G.E. Appliances, resulted from foreign investment. Often, these dollars “invested” by foreign companies were dollars that we sent to overseas companies (by buying their products – made in the USA or not), and these dollars are now simply coming back to the U.S. Much of it is money that used to be ours.
Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts said, “we lose all the future income streams that are associated with the assets when we lose the ownership.” American ownership matters, not just American-made.
China is buying U.S. companies, U.S. land, and U.S. factories with the money we sent them in exchange for cheap Chinese imports that are now likely falling apart and nearly next to worthless due to their past cheap design and production practices.
Some Americans might say, “Well, my Uncle Bob works at a China-based GE plant in America, so I want to support him.” My response would be, “You might be helping your Uncle Bob, but you are hurting Uncle Sam.”
We can buy American-made appliances and cars from American-based companies that employ American workers. There’s no reason to buy an appliance from a Chinese-owned company when American-owned Whirlpool, for example, employs more American workers (22,000) than any other appliance maker.
Movie theater chain AMC, short for American Multi-Cinema, was acquired by Beijing’s Dalian Wanda Group in 2012. Food-processing company and pork producer Smithfield Foods is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s W.H. Group. Smithfield’s brands include Eckrich, Krakus, Gwaltney, John Morrell, and Smithfield.
Regardless of your version of the American dream, it ends if China becomes the world’s number one superpower economically, technologically, and militarily.
If that happens, will Americans then passionately go out into the streets, chanting, We’re number two. We’re number two? I doubt it.
About Roger Simmermaker
Roger Simmermaker has written multiple books on buying American and trade policy since 1996, and has been a frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and MSNBC. Roger has also been quoted or featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and The New York Times, among many other publications. His new book ” UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Our Founding Fathers Rejected FREE TRADE And So Should We,” was printed in January 2020.
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