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From Scale To Profits: Chinese Manufacturing Must Find A New Model

China’s model from the last decade of low-end exports is being undercut by cheap labor in neighboring Vietnam and India. With a weaker 2012 predicted, the future of Chinese manufacturing looks in need of a major overhaul.

China's next challenge: transforming its manufacturing sector (Robert Scoble)
China's next challenge: transforming its manufacturing sector (Robert Scoble)
Shi Jun

BEIJING – Looking beyond China's borders, we see increasing uncertainty in the global economy. Europe is sinking further into crisis and has great difficulty in finding solutions. The American economy, though highly efficient and with a famous capacity for reinvention, has a debt ratio around 100%. The measures its government can take are limited.

Chinese enterprises that used to rely on Europe and the U.S. as locomotives will face great problems. The domestic manufacturing sector is also facing a market slowdown, stagnation, overcapacity, increasing labor costs, and a general need to upgrade. Facing all these issues, what is the way out for China's businesses?

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End Of Roe v. Wade: Will It Spark Anti-Abortion Momentum Around The World?

Pro-life activists celebrated the end of the U.S. right to abortion, hoping it will trigger a new debate on a topic that in some places had largely been settled: in favor a woman’s right to choose. But it could also boomerang.

Thousands of people demonstrate against abortion in Madrid

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Shaun Lavelle

The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion put the United States at the forefront of abortion rights in the world.

Other countries would follow suit in the succeeding years, with France legalizing abortion in 1975, Italy in 1978, and Ireland finally joining most of the rest of Europe with a landslide 2018 referendum victory for women’s right to choose. Elsewhere, parts of Asia and Africa have made incremental steps toward legalizing abortion, while a growing number of Latin American countries have joined what has now been a decades-long worldwide shift toward more access to abortion rights.

But now, 49 years later, with last Friday’s landmark overturning of Roe v. Wade, will the U.S. once again prove to be ahead of the curve? Will American cultural and political influence carry across borders on the abortion issue, reversing the momentum of recent years?

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