Blame U.S. Consumers for Offshoring

You want merchandise for less. Sending manufacturing jobs to Asia is the only way to give it to you, says BusinessWeek reader Rudy Vandenbelt

In recent Debate Room feedback on the issue of product safety in China, it was interesting to see how quickly BusinessWeek readers were ready to blame Corporate America's greed for the exponential growth in Chinese manufacturing and imports. Indeed, in 1985, Americans imported just $3.86 billion in goods from China, and in 2007 the number climbed to almost $321.5 billion, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. That's almost a hundredfold increase in just 22 years.

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