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China is outsourcing it’s pollution to Bosnia

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China has had a terrible pollution problem for years now. Due to economic constraints, China felt they had to use coal as one of their major energy sources and polluted their rivers, and land. The Chinese are now having a change of heart and are deciding that green mountains and clean water are like gold which is true. So, the solution is to outsource some of their filthier businesses to other countries. China is considering roughly 80 overseas coal projects currently. China’s coal power industry is being used at less than 50% of capacity.

One of the issues is that global agencies are not happy with the amount of pollution that will be created by these plants which would contribute to carbon emissions that would contibute to global climate change. China is not solving an ecological nightmare — they are just moving it a few thousand miles away. China also outsources dirty industries to parts of Africa. Perhaps moving dirty industries to places where population density is lighter makes sense. But, why not be clean and green?

The major issue here is that certain energy industries are essential for economic growth, and certain regions of China depend on coal as their main source of revenue. But, what good is growth if you can’t breathe or drink the water? What good is growth if everyone is getting cancer? My personal philosophy is that growth is an illusion. What we really need is to live in balance and grow at the speed of nature. All of this pollution is a result of humans being in too much of a rush and trying to achieve what should be done more slowly and cleanly. Does the entire planet need to be destroyed before humans get it?

BPO – China Software BPO Industry

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China Software BPO Industry Growth
China is growing rapidly as an outsourcing country.  Manufacturing has been an economic strength in China for many decades, but outsourcing is a new opportunity that China is quickly capitalizing on.  China has five economic zones that specialize in export manufacturing are often on or near the coast, making shipping easy.  But, what about China’s inland cities like Cheng-Du for example? Sze-Chuan is a province named after the four rivers that pass through it. They are famous for spicy dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken and Pandas. However, they are very far from shipping ports, and the status of China’s freeway system is far from mature.   Outsourcing technical tasks to faraway metros in Western China seems perfect.
Labor Costs
Labor costs in remote parts of  China are also much less than in the larger cities, giving remote areas another huge advantage in the outsourcing industry.  IBM set up a global delivery center in Cheng-Du in 2007 after opening up centers in more mainstream urban areas of Coastal China.
Relocation in China
China is a country where many will be willing to relocate to get a good job.  Although Chinese are very sentimental about their families, the drive to get ahead in their career is so powerful, that if companies were set up in the farthest extremes of Xin-Jiang province, droves of people would flock there to get a programming, BPO, or other type of job.
Other Factors
The banking industry in China facilitates fast business growth which is a boon which many other countries don’t have.  Additionally, the government is very clever about building good buildings and roads, to enable companies to be created and grow efficiently.  Good internet connections are found in many parts of China, and without internet, many businesses couldn’t exist at all.  Its easy to get low rent for office space in China which is yet another reason why China is a country with the fastest economic growth rate of any country on the planet.

China and Russia Quitting the Dollar?

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China and Russia Stopping Trading With Dollars?

The news came out on Nov 24th, 2010 that China and Russia would stop using American Dollars to trade with each other. I’m surprised such large countries woud use the dollar to trade with each other in the first place. Is this a strategical move for China to assert its superiority?

China is careful
China is much to careful to do anything to sabotage their trade relationship with the U.S. We purchase so many billions of dollars of every conceivable type of product from them, that any loss of trade would be felt hard by Chinese manufacturers. Usage of particular currencies effects how those currencies measure up in the Forex markets, and any change in the use of dollars will weaken our dollar. But, what does that mean, and what does it lead to?

A weak dollar?
Many in America can not figure out why America buys more than it sells in international trade. Are we just big spenders. The balance seems to be covered by China buying up trillions of our bonds. China owns us. If they decide to stop financing us, the U.S. would be in a serious economic situation that could force the government to print more money, causing out of control inflation. A weak dollar will mean that Americans will have to pay more for imported goods like cars, oil, outsourced Indian software, blueberries from Chile, sugar cane, and the list is endless. On the brighter side, a weak dollar means that America will be able to export much more than before due to much more competitive prices. Americans are not aware of this, but America is a world leader in weapons, aircraft, medicinals, pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery, automotive parts, telecommunications, electrical apparatuses, and Plastic materials, as well as the production of inexpensive beef. The rest of the world can not live without these. We might see the jobless rate go far down if our goods and services are purchased more widely around the world, and we might even see regular trade surpluses for years to come.

How does this effect India?
The China / Russia currency agreement made a week ago doesn’t really effect the world so drastically, but if those two countries permanently stopped using the dollar for any trade outside of the United States, the dollar would plummet, and that would make India’s outsourcing services a lot more costly with a weak dollar. Our exchange rate might become 30 rupees to 1 dollar, making it 50% more expensive to get outsourcing done. That would cause a huge reduction in the amount of outsourcing done between the U.S. and India, and between the U.S. and any other country.

America’s tragedy
Unfortunately, do to the poor spending decisions made in America over the last forty years, America is in debt up to its eyeballs, and we are no longer in control of our country. China pulls the strings now, and will have an increasing level of power over us, since they own our debts. Any move China makes that effects our debt or currency exchange will hurt the U.S. and hurt China’s ability to export to us too, but if they are willing to make a sacrifice in exports, they could bring America into a very serious financial crisis. I personally feel that its better for America to live leanly, stop fighting unnecessary wars, stop having trade deficits, raise taxes, and reduce our debts to a sane level in the next ten years. If we don’t, then a disaster is imminent. The bigger issue is that Americans are by and large not willing to make short term sacrifices for long term security, and this equates to a suicide made in a succession of very small steps over a long period of time which is similar to smoking unfiltered cigarettes or engaging in illegal drug use over an extended period of time.