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This article below shows an infographic that speaks to the difference in consumption vs saving. The biggest US imports from China include low-priced consumer goods like clothing, and cell phones, which are relatively accessible by a majority of the middle-income US population. As a result, these are often consumed in high volumes, driving overall consumption up. On the flip side, the primary products imported by China are high-priced goods like airplanes and automobiles - which are accessible by the wealthiest in China including corporations and high net-worth individuals, which makes the volume of these imports lower.

In addition, "To keep export prices low, China buys a large volume of Treasurys. It has become one of the largest lender nations to the United States, currently second only to Japan." By buying Treasuries, China helped keep U.S. interest rates low, spurring more spending.


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