Efficiency Important Weapon in Economic Warfare

John Mautner believes that China is engaging in economic warfare with the USA and that business can fight back by being more efficient.

Published: 29-Mar-2005

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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