We’re Going to be Trading Microchips for Toasters

I’m a firm believer that protectionism is not the answer, at this time in the world’s economy situation; however it is also my strictest of belief’s America as given away far too much of its technology to other countries, which in some cases as used it against us.

We have seen what Japan and Korea as done with our cars, TV’s Microchips (RAM chips especially) and steel.  No, in honesty both countries were developing these industries within their own country, but we provided them some of the needed know-how to get them off the ground.

Today we wonder where all of our jobs have gone (out sourcing), consider re-reading the aforementioned paragraph and contemplate what the answer could possibly be?

Now China has decided it needs to shift gears from being an exporter of inexpensive, commercial products to more a higher level of manufactured goods requiring advanced technology.

All- in-all that’s OK with me, but lets make sure what help we lend them is limited; after all, if we gave them the plans to build the “Start Ship Enterprise”, I’m sure they could build a working copy that would out perform ours and sell it at a much reduced cost.

An article published in the Online release of UPI Asia, entitled: “China pursuing scientific exchanges’ states China is after technology exchanges.  Please consider reading the entire article, but posted our excerpts from the article, which I have high lighted certain key points and consider important.

China pursuing scientific exchanges
By Cong Cao
Column: Notes on China

New York, NY, United States, — International cooperation in science and technology has long been central to China’s development. As a developing country, China must absorb knowledge from other countries, especially advanced ones.

As Chinese science advances to the frontiers of international research, foreign scientists will be more willing to collaborate with their Chinese counterparts. In fact, international cooperation in science and technology has become part of China’s overall foreign policy strategy.

The decade since the mid-1990s also has seen rapid growth in the number of joint publications by collaborating Chinese and foreign scientists. Such collaborations account for one-quarter of the Chinese papers published in journals catalogued by the Science Citation Index.

Along with collaborations based on the interests of individual scientists, China also cooperates with other countries through government-sanctioned programs. The Framework Programs of the European Union, the world’s largest government-sponsored research and development initiative aimed at solving scientific problems with global impact, was launched in 1984 and began inviting Chinese participation in 1998.

In return, China agreed to open its State High-Tech Research and Development Program (the 863 Program) and the State Basic Research and Development Program (the 973 Program) to scientists from the European Union.

China has signed science and technology cooperation agreements with more than 100 countries and has actively participated in international projects, such as ITER, a joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. Chinese scientists have also been involved in the Galileo global navigation satellite system project and the Human Genome Project, among others.

The emphasis on indigenous innovation, as stipulated in China’s Medium- to Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006−2020), does not discourage China’s collaboration with foreign counterparts.

For that purpose, China is now pursuing comprehensive, multidimensional, high-level international collaborations in science and technology in a wide range of fields.

Update 22 April 09:

Message to Congress from the President
from White House.gov Press Office Feed

In accordance with the provisions of section 1512 of the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-261), I hereby certify to the Congress that the export of one continuous mixer to be used to manufacture conductive polymer compounds to be further processed to make circuit protection devices, one jet mill to be used for particle size reduction of pigments and other powder products for cosmetic formulations, and one filament winding cell to be used to manufacture fiberglass assembly shelter poles for use in tents and shelters is not detrimental to the U.S. space launch industry, and that the material and equipment, including any indirect technical benefit that could be derived from these exports, will not measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the People’s Republic of China.

Update 01 May 09:

U.S. Colleges Bask in Surge of Interest Among Chinese
from Wash Post – World News by Susan Kinzie

It’s an admissions officer’s dream: ever-growing stacks of applications from students with outstanding test scores, terrific grades and rigorous academic preparation. That’s the pleasant prospect faced by the University of Virginia and some other U.S. colleges, which are receiving a surging numbe…


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