We Were Pirates, Too
Why America was the China of the 19th century.
If we accept that we are Britain in the 1800s, and that we enjoy certain benefits to being the reserve currency of the world, then the question becomes, what strategically can the US do to remain the dominant player in the world?
Can transfer of technology know-how be stopped, given the changes in the world since 1800? If anything information is more available than ever, so it seems like a losing battle.
What about a show of force, like the Opium War forced Beijing to open its markets? Tricky as well, on one hand.. nuclear war. On the other hand, that power disparity continues to narrow over time, if there were a time to risk it all it would be now.
I'm sure there are other strategies out there as well, but those are two that come to mind.
That said, I don't actually think China will replace the US as top dog. It's growing faster yes, but has serious Japan-like demographic problems fast approaching. The thing about demographic problems is they're predictable and almost impossible to escape.
In absolute dollar value terms, the US is still competitive with China, which means they'll likely never close that gap before their demographics catch up with them.
That's not to say that it won't happen - but we shouldn't permit it, or support those who would.
Stealing the fruits of another’s investment is not the act of a friend or ally.
Either way, the comparison falls flat trivially, because the looms of today are gigantic production plants. Stealing cad files is rather like stealing a weaving pattern ... which I hear is a thing and an old example of copyright infringement.
Of course, that doesn’t justify any racism or hatred toward individual Chinese people, especially immigrants who have had no role at all in causing this. It’s a moral obligation to be good to other people, and this includes making sure that other people do not commit genocide.
I got an inkling from the word combination and context. Looked it up anyway:
Trade dress protection is intended to protect consumers from packaging or appearance of products that are designed to imitate other products; to prevent a consumer from buying one product under the belief that it is another.
Trade dress is a legal term of art that generally refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging (or even the design of a building) that signify the source of the product to consumers. Trade dress is a form of intellectual property.
Other than trace elements which speak to provenance, was there a qualitative difference in the ceramics?