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Thread: Is there anything we can build, that Asia cannot?

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    Default Is there anything we can build, that Asia cannot?

    According to the champions of the "knowledge economy", Western nations were going focus on creating premium, high-end goods and services, whilst the Good Little Asians focused on selling us cheap plastic toys and €5 toasters.

    The threat posed to Western manufacturing and technological superiority was not a concern, because the Good Little Asians had no interest in building anything complicated. Anyway, aside from the Japanese, Asian industries were decades behind and lacked the "culture of innovation" that has ensured Western global hegemony for the last 500 years. The Asians would sell us slippers. We'd sell them iPads.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Chinese didn't get the memo.

    China's Lenovo overtakes HP as biggest PC maker

    And nobody told the South Koreans.

    Hyundai Motors overtakes Ford in U.S. retail sales

    It seems the Good Little Asians are now competing with Western manufacturing at every level of the value chain. But surely this is just a temporary blip? It's not as if companies like Airbus and Boeing could ever be bankrupted by Chinese competition.

    Question: Is there anything we (Westerners) can build, that the Far East cannot either a) build already, or b) rival within 10 years?
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    I reckon the Irish institutional state can beat them in building quangos !!!
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    No

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oblivion. View Post
    According to the champions of the "knowledge economy", Western nations were going focus on creating premium, high-end goods and services, whilst the Good Little Asians focused on selling us cheap plastic toys and €5 toasters.

    The threat posed to Western manufacturing and technological superiority was not a concern, because the Good Little Asians had no interest in building anything complicated. Anyway, aside from the Japanese, Asian industries were decades behind and lacked the "culture of innovation" that has ensured Western global hegemony for the last 500 years. The Asians would sell us slippers. We'd sell them iPads.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Chinese didn't get the memo.

    China's Lenovo overtakes HP as biggest PC maker

    And nobody told the South Koreans.

    Hyundai Motor overtakes Ford in U.S. retail sales

    It seems the Good Little Asians are now competing with Western manufacturing at every level of the value chain. But surely this is just a temporary blip? It's not as if companies like Airbus and Boeing could ever be bankrupted by Chinese competition.

    Question: Is there anything we (Westerners) can build, that the Far East cannot either a) build already, or b) rival within 10 years?
    Why does not matter? Surely you do not think the world economy is some sort of competition?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oblivion. View Post
    According to the champions of the "knowledge economy", Western nations were going focus on creating premium, high-end goods and services, whilst the Good Little Asians focused on selling us cheap plastic toys and €5 toasters.

    The threat posed to Western manufacturing and technological superiority was not a concern, because the Good Little Asians had no interest in building anything complicated. Anyway, aside from the Japanese, Asian industries were decades behind and lacked the "culture of innovation" that has ensured Western global hegemony for the last 500 years. The Asians would sell us slippers. We'd sell them iPads.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Chinese didn't get the memo.

    China's Lenovo overtakes HP as biggest PC maker

    And nobody told the South Koreans.

    Hyundai Motor overtakes Ford in U.S. retail sales

    It seems the Good Little Asians are now competing with Western manufacturing at every level of the value chain. But surely this is just a temporary blip? It's not as if companies like Airbus and Boeing could ever be bankrupted by Chinese competition.

    Question: Is there anything we (Westerners) can build, that the Far East cannot either a) build already, or b) rival within 10 years?
    No.
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    A 27 km underground Particle Accelerator/ Hadron Collider. Would you trust China to build it?

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    How about a completely corrupt and ineffectual government?

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    We can make things that are costly to ship, things that have short shelf lives, things that have high tariffs, things that are highly regulated in their design/manufacture/application.

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    Well, suicidal sociopolitical-systems that will result in their own self-destruction for one.
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    Curly pubes?
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