China makes a lot of things...now with pictures
Lisa Mahapatra at the International Business Times recently shared an infographic highlighting "10 things that China makes more of than any other country in the world."
Says Mahapatra: "China makes so much stuff that if it suddenly decided to stop, most of the rest of the world would experience impossibly high demand for many 'essentials' of modern life -- things like air conditioners, cell phones and personal computers."
Matt Schiavenza at The Atlantic echoed that sentiment when he shared Mahapatra's infographic with his readers:
These aren't trivial goods, either. Think of computers, essential to business operations around the world. China manufactures over 90 percent of them. Or cell phones, which, in addition to being convenient, function as an essential tool in countries lacking traditional telecommunications infrastructure. China makes 7 out of every 10 of them. 12 and a half billion pairs of shoes -- enough for every man, woman, and child in the world to have two -- are built in China. And nearly half of the world's ships, the backbone of global trade, are made -- where else? -- in ... you get the idea.
Both Mahapatra and Schiavenza are correct. Now consider this -- what if the United States could bring that dependence on China down? If we could cut the trade deficit in half over the next three and a half years, much of this production would return to the U.S.
So what, exactly, is China making, and how much of it?
Infographic from Lisa Mahapatra at the International Business Times.
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