Industrial robot working in factory.
Industrial robot working in factory.

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"We will make America into the manufacturing superpower of the world and we'll end reliance on China once and for all," Trump said in a White House speech to reporters.

"I don't think it's wild," said Joel Blit, senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, an economist and engineer who teaches at Ontario's University of Waterloo.

Fresh research by the Waterloo professor shows that what he calls in his paper published last month in Canadian Public Policy, "the biggest human and economic catastrophe in recent history" may have a positive outcome — if it is well managed.

Essentially, what Blit's research shows is...

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