A Covid-safe conference call of Xi Jinping, Charles Michel, Angela Merkel and Ursula von der Leyen (Photo: Council of the European Union)

China's supply chains and 're-shoring' under Covid-19?

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 on global supply chains, some European companies have had difficulties sourcing much-needed raw materials from China.

Hence, some in Europe are calling for re-shoring or near-shoring the supply and industrial chains of such critical sectors as medicine and pharmaceuticals, in order to reduce dependence on China's supply chains and market. I also want to share a few thoughts here.

First, the current global industrial layout is a manifestation of t...

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Author Bio

Xia Xiang is minister of the economic and commercial office of the Chinese Mission to the EU.