Efficiency Important Weapon in Economic Warfare
Mautner says he's convinced that China is at war with the United States, even if shots are never fired.
"If China can't drop a bomb on us, they will take away our manufacturing base because that's the catalyst for the entire U.S. economy," said Mautner, a Chicago business consultant.
In early March, Mautner spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the largest industrial trade show in North America. His message was aimed at small and midsize manufacturing companies, especially those struggling with Asian competition.
"Right now, the Midwest is awash with old, decrepit manufacturing plants," Mautner said in an interview. "Some of these are factories with century-old equipment, and they've seen few improvements over the years. At the same time, China is building all new facilities, with all new equipment, and they're consuming about half of the world's oil and half of the world's steel and concrete."
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Removal of the ban came as pressure mounts on city administrators to tackle horrible traffic congestion, air pollution and possible fuel supply, caused to a large extent by a rapidly growing number of cars on the road. PHOTO: First snow in Beijing Dec. 31, 2005, courtesy of China Daily.
In the first 10 months of 2005, China's exported autos increased 133.6 percent year on year. For the first time, auto exports exceeded the import by 7,000 units, including 105 electric cars exported to the U.S. Photo of Miles ZX-40, an electric car it plans to import from China.
Chinese vehicles will be a threat to established U.S. auto sellers because vehicles from China are likely to be much cheaper than those from Europe, Japan or North America.
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