It's sadly stated we "are" dependent on Chinese built parts and complete assemblies we use daily.
Cra-Z-1 , I touched on this point a few comments above. Even some items today listed as "Built in the USA" depends on many "Chinese" manufactured parts.
I have to laugh at the reference to Chinese "Junk". Has everyone actually even begun to think about how much Chinese "junk" is in their homes? Even IF you buy everything you can "Made in the USA", you will still have a multitude of Chinese built electronics, and devices everywhere.
Japan has the electronics business. Auto's, just look around next time you go to your local mall.
I have been on the West Coast, San Francisco and Seattle. Without "anyone" stating a word, by the second day which I spent around Pier 1 in Frisco, Ships were flying in I guess headed to Oakland to unload. I tried to count how many Sea Containers were on the ships. It was in the hundreds. I am sure it could be looked up to get an average of containers each ship can hold.
Then comes Seatle. I witness the same crap.
FWIW, most people around the "World" has no clue how much fuel is burned everyday weather it's vehicles, transport trucks, trains, AND especially all aircraft. Airplanes around the size of 747's fill the skies Worldwide. Some of them hold $1 million US dollars of fuel and will burn it in one day! Our Military's C-5 burns and ungodly amount of fuel per hour. One airport in China averages a plane taking off every 90 seconds, 24/7. Digest that!
When you start realizing everything I have stated, it justs boggles my mind. I was part of a hazardous waste team that went around and taught company leaders how to help minimize the waste generated within their company. I guess this is why I pickup on certain items.
I even have wondered how this World is able to supply the tremendous demands of the World.
By the way, if you are a manager or own a business, you will be surprised how much daily generated waste you can remove from your business. Every little bit adds up.
My quote from above:
I agree with you. Daily ships full of loaded Sea Containers are unloading on our west coast. It's almost unbelievable the amount of goods shipped to the US for resale. Many US businesses shut down operations only to have China fill the gap.
I would love to avoid them completely, I just need to figure how I can do it.