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China's Industrial Rise: East Asia's Challenge

29 October 2003

Overview

Some fear China's increasing success in exporting manufactures is 'hollowing out' North and South East Asian economies; if true the impact on the region and Australia would be considerable. In depth analysis in this new Economic Analytical Unit report finds China's integration into regional production chains certainly is boosting its exports of finished manufactures. However, it finds China still mainly employs labour intensive processes to produce these exports, importing more technologically advanced components and raw materials from other regional economies and Australia, expanding their exports. Meanwhile, other regional economies are successfully changing their production mix to compete less directly with China's export strengths and meet its import needs. The report finds East Asia and Australia should continue to benefit significantly from China's industrial expansion provided their policies promote flexible and open markets.

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