To twist an old phrase, globalization makes strange bedfellows. Yesterday German-based Heraeus opened a precious metals plant in Nanjing, China. It’s not like Germany and China have been best buds forever; such a partnership was unthinkable just 15 or 20 years ago. Now it’s “necessary.”
In a sentence worthy of a politician, the CEO of Heraeus said in an interview:
“I believe over the next few years and decades, the progress and the enhancement of quality of life for humankind will also depend on sustainable globalization.”
Well alrighty then. There’s no doubt that with the world population hurtling toward 10 billion (with a B), we need to make sure we don’t destroy the planet’s ecosystem.