Some American companies grapple with "global rebalancing" -- a concept that reduces the focus of doing business with U.S. consumers and increases it on consumers in countries that have huge trade surpluses, such as China and Germany. For instance, Briggs & Stratton wanted to go global, but has had difficulty selling mowers in China, because consumers there rarely use the equipment. However, the country plans to boost its agriculture sector, so B&S has remodeled its machines made in China to be used as rice planters and harvesters.

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