China is the world's largest manufacturer, and by an increasing margin


Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
China has the largest manufacturing economy in the world, and it widened its lead over the U.S. in 2011. At its pace of growth over the decade ending in 2011, China's manufacturing value-added measured in dollars doubled every four years. When manufacturing value-added is normalized into a per capita metric, however, China's rank among global manufacturers falls to 11th. Policy Analysis

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