"The benefits of globalization outweigh its cost." How far do you agree with this statement?

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The term "globalization" is defined as "growing economic interdependence of countries worldwide through increasing volume and variety of cross-border transactions in goods and services, free international capital flows, and more rapid and widespread diffusion of technology. All definitions appear to agree that globalization has economic, political, cultural, and technological aspects that may be closely intertwined" by the International Monetary Fund . "Benefits" is defined as "advantage or profit" and "cost" is defined as the "effort or loss necessary to achieve something" by the Oxford dictionary of Current English.

We agree to a large extent to the statement, "The benefits of globalization outweigh its cost." Even though there are some disadvantages in the process of globalization, but the benefits that the world receive far outweighs the costs of it. We have to look at the bigger picture to see that globalization has accelerated the advancement of the world and brought us lots of advantages, and its role will continue to be important in the future evolution of the world.

We will examine this in four aspects, economically, environmentally, socially and politically.

Firstly, globalization has brought about great leap forward in the economy. The world becomes interconnected and a global market is opened, also spurring competition at the same time. This is a great opportunity for companies to expand and countries to develop their economy. Globalization also raises the productivity and living standards of people in countries and let countries have more business, for example, when a country hosts an overseas company, likely, the company will need to employ quite a number of locals as their worker or labors as it is much cheaper. Therefore the hosting countries can provide more jobs for its citizens. As most people got their own jobs, they have income every month; their living standard will be...