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US trade shifts on Covid and China tensions, but no 'decoupling' yet

Diversification, not decoupling  For now, US government figures through to November show total US-China trade could approach or hit a high in 2022. "Going forward, you're going to see more diversification," as opposed to a complete cut-off of shipments from China, said Sweet. Auto manufacturers, for example, experienced supply chain problems during the pandemic.

Increasing climate-related disruptions are also "raising the risks of overconcentrated supply chains in one firm or one geographic area," said Robert Koopman, a lecturer at American University and a former World Trade Organization chief economist. Meanwhile, the US is trying to be more self-reliant in specific sectors like semiconductors. "The recent (Inflation Reduction Act) and Chips Act, and related sanctions are clear indicators of the Biden administration's efforts to decouple from China" in these areas, said Koopman.

Emily Benson, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), added: "As companies reassess risk and review the current state of their supply chains, one consistent outcome is movement... away from China to other countries." These could be countries in Southeast Asia or closer to the United States. "While this trend is growing, it resembles sand leaking out of a bag more than it does a tsunami," she told AFP.

It is likely "too early" for definitive comments on industries, but US export controls "are going to force some decoupling" over time in technology or areas where semiconductors are key, Benson said. 'Substitution'  Lovely of PIIE noted that some business has moved from China to countries like Vietnam or Mexico. "There's definitely been some substitution of suppliers," she said, adding that is fueled partly by

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