The Future of World Trade, or, China’s #2, Soon, #1

It’s common knowledge, that I live in Mexico, a city called Zacatecas, the capital of he State of Zacatecas, located in the North Central part of Mexico. It is also no secret, that I love it here: the people are hard working, mostly blue collar workers, and they are outgoing, and friendly, even to a gringo.

Zacatecas is a somewhat smaller city, even though it is the capital, with a population of about 250,000, and because they are mostly blue collar, incomes aren’t very high. Things like food, and rent are relatively cheaper, even compared to other areas of Mexico, with a high American expatriate population. The drawback to all this is that things an American take for granted as being cheap and plentiful, like computers and electronics, are not, because the population considers them as luxury items that they can’t readily afford, and they only buy them as a big ticket gift item, at holiday time

 

When I need something of that nature, I’m faced with two alternatives: wait until I make a trip back to the states for some reason  and buy it there, or, buy from sources in China, where most of this stuff is made in the first place. Now, you may think it is inconvenient buying from a source in Asia, and nothing could be further from the truth. This is due to a website called: AliExpress, which is rivaling eBay for the biggest online person-toperson sales outlet in the world.

 

Let’s say I want some LED Christmas tree lights, like I recently purchased. They are available here in Mexico, and in the U.S.A., and they are a bit expensive. I bought mine, directly from the manufacturer in China, for less than the cost of an eqivalent regular light set. Not only that, but shipping was free, as it is with most of the items for sale. I’m quite certain that the Chinese government is subsidizing this in order to increase exports, GNP, and build a broad customer base.

 

Now, they are planning to build a high speed rail line, linking Beijing, Russia, and the United States, by means of an undersea tunnel crossing the Bering Strait. I’m quite sure that a lot of people are going to think this is a pelude to some sort of invasion strategy, but seriously, how could that possibly transpire when a carefully placed bomb would close tghat off in a hurry. The invasion startegy I envision is the economic one. China is now the number 2 econom ic power in the world, having already passed Japan, and it has set its sights on the King od the Hill, which is still the U. S. How long it will remain on top though, is debatable.

 

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