Ever wonder why you can buy a product that was made half way across the world for half the price of the same product produced at home?
Slave labour: If there's ever a place on earth that needs the help of
unions, it's China. But they don't have unions. I wonder if it's because everyone's happy with their work environment or because you go to jail for trying to form a labour union? Chinese companies don't have to deal with the cost of labour laws or employment standards.
Prison labour: Depending on how you feel about criminals, you may not care how China treats their prisoners. But there's 2 big problems to consider; 1) Because these prisoners are producing products for a corrupt, communist government and more prisoners equals more production, we have to wonder if people are being wrongly incarcerated. 2) Producing products with free labour gives China a serious trade advantage, making western competition impossible.
Environmental neglect: American companies have the cost of complying with hundreds of years of environmental standards. Chinese companies don't have these environmental standards or the associated costs. That's why 16 of the worlds 20 dirtiest cities are in China. Less than 1% of China's urban air meets standards set by the European union. Heavy metal, water, air pollution... China has it all. And the ultimate irony is that this pollution is not going to remain specific to China. All that water and air pollution will find it's way around the globe eventually. As a matter of fact, it's estimated that 25% of the particulate matter falling in California is from China. Basically it's much cheaper to neglect the environment.
Currency manipulation & export subsidies: Most economists say China gets a 25 - 40 cent advantage on every dollar by devaluing it's currency. This basically makes exporting to China 25 - 40% more costly for American or Canadian companies while giving Chinese companies an export subsidy of 25 - 40%. Which is illegal.
It's important to distinguish between the good, hard working people of China and the corrupt, communist, underhanded government.
But hey, who want to pay more than $50 for a 1000" big screen t.v. Am I right?