You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains
The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF, think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis. While I agree, I nonetheless believe that the slowdown is due, in part, to an acceleration of “near-shoring,” the practice of producing closer to the customer.
My evidence is a series of separate surveys conducted by different organizations, including the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation.
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