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Grouping on Supply Chain into Political Interest Spheres: The US and China

Supply Chain

The supply chain dynamics between the US and China have become increasingly shaped by political interests. The ongoing rivalry between these 2 superpowers has let to the formation of distinct supply chain spheres, influenced by their respective geopolitical strategies and economic policies.

The US has been actively working to reduce its dependence on Chinese manufacturing and technology. This shift is driven by concerns over national security, intellectual property protection, and the desire to revitalize domestic manufacturing. Key strategies include:

  1. Reshoring and nearshoring American companies.
  2. Alliance and trade agreements with allied nations such as Japan, South Korea, and Europe.
  3. Investing in emerging technologies such as AI, semiconductor manufacturing, and green energy.

China on the other hand is focusing on consolidating its role as the world’s manufacturing hub while expanding influence through initiatives. Key components of China’s strategy include:

  1. Belt and Road Initiative: expanding infrastructure tend trade networks across Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  2. Technological investing in 5G, AI, renewable energy.
  3. Regional trade agreements such as RCEP with neighboring countries.

The bifurcation of global supply chains into US and China-led spheres has significant implications for global trade economic stability, and international relations. Companies worldwide must navigate this new landscape by diversifying supply resources and staying agile. This trend is likely to continue with both nations leveraging their economic and technological capabilities to expand their influence and secure their supply chain against future disruptions

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