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The whirl of global trade

by henrycopeland
Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Thomas Friedman visits a company in India that handles work sent from the US. Aren’t you stealing jobs from the US, he asks an an Indian manager?

Well, he answered patiently, “look around this office.” All the computers are from Compaq. The basic software is from Microsoft. The phones are from Lucent. The air-conditioning is by Carrier, and even the bottled water is by Coke, because when it comes to drinking water in India, people want a trusted brand. On top of all this, says Mr. Nagarajan, 90 percent of the shares in 24/7 are owned by U.S. investors. This explains why, although the U.S. has lost some service jobs to India, total exports from U.S. companies to India have grown from $2.5 billion in 1990 to $4.1 billion in 2002. What goes around comes around, and also benefits Americans.

(Via Outside the beltway.)

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