China’s share of global exports falls in supply chains rethink

China’s share of global exports has been hit by its trade dispute with the US which — together with the pandemic, corporate governance demands and the rise of artificial intelligence — is pushing multinational companies to reduce their dependency on the Asian powerhouse.

Last year Chinese exports of 1,200 products accounted for 22 per cent of the world’s exports, 3 percentage points down on the previous year, according to a new study by Baker McKenzie, the law firm, and Silk Road Associates, an economic consultancy. For consumer goods the country’s global market share fell by 4 percentage points to 42 per cent.

The findings come as Washington targets China with wide-ranging measures aimed at weaning itself off China-based supply chains and hobbling Beijing’s ambitions to become a global tech power.

On Monday, Washington broadened restrictions on semiconductor supplies to Huawei imposed earlier this year to cut off virtually all chip shipments to the Chinese technology group.

Anne Petterd, head of the international commercial and trade practice at Baker McKenzie in Asia Pacific, said that in the wake of the disruption caused by the pandemic, companies were looking to geographically diversify their supply chains, build in more safety layers, and supervise them more…

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