China to lead world technology

China is on track to surpass all other nations in manufacturing technology, including current leader, the US, according to a US academic study. While China still lags behind more developed nations in several key areas, the writing is on the wall for the rest of the world, say the study's authors. "It's like being 40 years old and playing basketball against a competitor who's only 12 years old – but is already at your height," said Nils Newman, a co-author of the US National Science Foundation-supported research.

"You are a little better right now and have more experience, but you're not going to squeeze much more performance out. The future clearly doesn't look good for the United States." The research was conducted for the NSF by the Georgia Institute of Technology. The researchers tracked a number of key indicators in a broad range of fields including scientific and engineering training, research, and manufacturing.

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It’s like being 40 years old and playing basketball against a competitor who’s only 12 years old – but is already at your height


Sure, a 12 year old who travels and elbows other players whenever he isn't being watched.

If China couldn't steal, they'd be nothing.

Well duh!

One day China will be the dominant everything, its simple population figures - there are over a billion people in China, they will build more factories and get better education, eventually they will be able to do the same things the US can do on a larger scale ... it was always going to happen like this.

India too, they'll be the 2nd big guy on the world stage, sorry Americans, you'll be stuck in 3rd ... perhaps the EU 4th depending how integrated it gets.

It wouldn't matter if American companies outsourced there or not, manufactured it there or in America, because the Chinese would figure it out for themselves ... there is no way you can defy population figures, they will all eventually take their rightful place in the world, just like America (300 million) took it from Britain (60 million) ... you might as well get American companies into China, let them open up factories and earn money, than wait a few years and have the Chinese do it for themselves. Countries like China, India, Brazil and the like are going to rise, globalization will happen - might as well take a part in it.

Population size is irrelevant in this case. If population mattered, like that, than Africa would have conquered Europe long ago.

The only reason why China and India are doing so well now is that American companies are using them for their cheap labour and low human rights standards. No outside companies, no moving ahead. China has a habit of turning in on itself otherwise...

(Foub said @ #8.1)
Population size is irrelevant in this case. If population mattered, like that, than Africa would have conquered Europe long ago.

The only reason why China and India are doing so well now is that American companies are using them for their cheap labour and low human rights standards. No outside companies, no moving ahead. China has a habit of turning in on itself otherwise...

Population makes the opportunity bigger, China is seizing that opportunity like Africa never has ...

China & India are partly doing well to their own accord, they've built up their infrastructure to a point where Western companies feel safe investing there .... that build-up means they will (soon) be able to launch companies and do stuff for themselves, without needing outsourcing alone.

(Foub said @ #8.1)
Population size is irrelevant in this case. If population mattered, like that, than Africa would have conquered Europe long ago.

The only reason why China and India are doing so well now is that American companies are using them for their cheap labour and low human rights standards. No outside companies, no moving ahead. China has a habit of turning in on itself otherwise...

I beg to differ. Population is more significant than you know. In fact, it's one of the vital factors in this case. Population is manufacturing power/raw human resources, purchasing power and potential market.

No decent country/firm can afford to lose 1/3 of world's market (based on head counts) which China and India account for, and there's no better way to penetrate this market than utilizing the human resources there and bringing the manufacturing process into it, while keeping the R&D sectors in the home countries. BTW, this isn't just happening to the state-side companies. This has been a world-wide trend for a bit, except some are only realizing the threat now as such practice would inevitably trigger China and India's industrial and economic development.

Let's not forget the communist nature of the Chinese government, business simply cannot fly without the support from the state, and the best way to earn that support is opening up factories and shops and helping the state with unemployment issues, then everything is an "okay, go!"

(SimpleRules said @ #8.2)
Population makes the opportunity bigger, China is seizing that opportunity like Africa never has ...

Even if they only had a fraction of the population the corporations would still outsource there as long as they had cheap labour. It is the same with other Asian nations now. In fact some are leaving China going to look for other cheaper Asian nations to outsource to as the Chinese are starting to want more benefits and pay.

China & India are partly doing well to their own accord, they've built up their infrastructure to a point where Western companies feel safe investing there .... that build-up means they will (soon) be able to launch companies and do stuff for themselves, without needing outsourcing alone.

Only as long as they don't ask for more money or benefits. If they do then these companies will, and are leaving for cheaper "pastures". Its not the number of people that is important here, it is how willing they are to work for nothing. If these companies have to give these things they may as well stay home. China and India really only offer their cheaper labour than anything else. Because many of these companies they are working for are American than these countries truly aren't competing in their own right since only a tiny fraction of the profits go to them. It would be real competition if they produced and exported much more of their own home grown products instead where the majority of the money made went to their own countries. As it is they really aren't anything little more than slaves to be used and disposed of when no longer wanted or needed.

P.S.
Many of these countries can't afford to buy many of the consumer products they produce for Western nations.

P.P.S.

You are forgetting where the Chinese government stands on human rights. IHow their own people are treated is not a concern to them as long as they get work out of them. It is more of a Maoist state than a communist state.

The US and other western economies have given away all their high technology crown jewels to China, so they (companies) can make easy money providing cheap consumer goods. The west paid for new, or gave away their old factories. Now our markets are flooded with the cheap goods, that we crave. Then we blame them for polluting and squandering valuable resources. The New World Order is taking shape quicker than I'd ever have believed. Hunker down folks it's going to be a rough ride! Times are changing!

The U.S. government and business leaders have already sold out manufacturing of just about everything to foreign interests, why should this be any different. The greed blinded fools that run this country and the corporations that are in it's back pockets don't give a hoot about the future of this nation because it doesn't affect them or their descendants. They're amassing the fortunes that will sustain their heirs at the expense of the rest of the nations citizens. We'll be completely down the crapper in another 50-75 years.

Don't forget to blame the average American consumer that wants and thinks they deserve everything cheap, cheap, cheap, no matter what the cost. Who needs quality?

(Skwerl said @ #5.2)
Don't forget to blame the average American consumer that wants and thinks they deserve everything cheap, cheap, cheap, no matter what the cost. Who needs quality?

The average American consumer has a below average wage and cannot afford expensive items.

More and more even those companies that still operate inside the USA are insourcing from India through abuse of the H-1B visa program. They work for much less than a qualified American tech and their skills aren't as up to date as an American's would be but the "price is right" and that is all that really matters to the company....

No. It is more like American corporations shipping more and more tech manufacturing jobs to China and leaving more and more average Americans out in the cold yet again.....