The standard of living for the average Chinese has risen profoundly over the last fifty years, and continues to rise. The US standard of living is falling.
The worst work factory work experience I have heard of in decades anywhere is in the Amazon factory here in Sichuan. Evidently their model for grinding work out of employees in the US is over here in China also…
Through my work and my husband’s work in heavy industry over twenty-eight years, I learned that many Americans in the corporate world are involved in corporate theft. The marketing guy might change jobs and take his client list with him. Formulas go off to the competition. We were honest. Some were not. This was within the US. Of course I would expect it could go abroad also. But I think the biggest transfer of technology overseas has been legally by the operation of foreign companies abroad.
Pollution? When I think of pollution, I think of Brownsville, Texas; the state of Delaware; Mobile, Alabama; Brunswick, Georgia. This type of pollution exists in China much more, sadly. They burn coal more, too. :(((( But overall the carbon burden is still less than the US due to the high usage of train, bus, metro, bike, electric vehicles, and well-planned urban environments which enable walk-to-shop. Most apartment buidlings have a pharmacy, doctors office, grocery, and hardware store nearby.