* China driving US exports

China Daily: “The United States exported more than $100 billion in goods and services to China in 2011 and 30 states now count the country as one of their top three export markets.That’s according to a report released by the Washington-based US-China Business Council on Wednesday.

Between 2000 and 2011, US exports to China rose by 542 percent – going from $16.2 billion in 2000 to a record $103.9 billion in 2011 – while its exports to the rest of the world only increased by 80 percent. After the recent recession, the US exports to China regained momentum faster than the country’s exports to any other place in the world, the council said.”The annual report said China is the third most common destination for US exports, just behind Canada and Mexico, which border the US and have a free-trade agreement with it.

“Exports to China are vital to America’s economic health and create good jobs for American workers,” said Erin Ennis, vice-president of the US-China Business Council, which represents about 240 American companies doing business in China. Wang Haifeng, director of international economics at the Institute for International Economic Research, a think tank under the National Development and Reform Commission, said the export figures reveal a great opportunity. “The fact that a record was set in US exports to China, which shows the great potential of US exports, not only reduces the trade imbalance between the top two economies but also alleviates unemployment in the US and speeds up the US economic recovery,” he said.

Related articles: China’s Surprising U.S. Buying Spree – Businessweek (businessweek.com)via China driving US exports|Economy|chinadaily.com.cn.

There are some Cassandra’s who are concerned that in the foreseeable future, military conflict between America and China is inevitable. My personal view is that as more and more bilateral trade between America and China builds up, the chance of war between them becomes less and less probable. The two countries are so interdependent that war between them would be tantamount to ‘civil war’. You might say that has happened in most countries sometime in their past. You will be right. So I’m not saying peace is inevitable or forever, only that war is not inevitable and less likely.

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