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Global manufatruers are searching for China’s replacement

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The once-strong allure of China as a manufacturing hub for global companies appears to be waning, as increasing tensions between the United States and China are driving businesses to explore alternative options.

Jason Andringa, the President and CEO of Iowa-based Vermeer, a manufacturer of industrial and farm machinery, acknowledged that his company had established a presence in China two decades ago when it was considered a premier destination for business growth. However, he expressed reservations about expanding further in the current climate of U.S.-China relations. Andringa cited concerns about the challenges of finding qualified employees and ensuring fair treatment in an increasingly antagonistic environment.

The recent announcement by the Biden administration to halt shipments of advanced artificial intelligence chips to China is just one example of the growing friction between the two countries. This development is causing U.S. business leaders to rethink their China exposure and redirect investments toward more accommodating nations. Mexico has now surpassed China as the primary destination for foreign direct investment by U.S. firms, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Trump’s troubles

The shift away from China began during the trade tensions of the Trump administration but has escalated further under the Biden administration. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo revealed that U.S. companies have described China as “uninvestible” due to government actions, such as fines and raids, that have created business risks.

While some companies are entirely exiting China, many are adopting a “China-plus-one” strategy, diverting new investments to other low-cost countries like Vietnam and India. However, businesses often remain reliant on Chinese factories for parts and materials, even as they expand operations elsewhere.

A survey by the U.S.-China Business Council revealed that over a third of respondents had reduced or paused their investments in China over the past year, reflecting heightened concerns about geopolitics. However, only a few firms indicated plans for a complete exit.

In this rapidly changing landscape, global manufacturers are carefully navigating their future in China, with political uncertainties adding to the challenges they face in finding alternative production bases and supply chains.

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How can we support a more eco-friendly future?

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With a $23 million commitment for a national circular economy and $1.3 million for net zero transition guidance, Australia is advancing towards sustainability.

Funding Futures is a weekly TV show on Ticker, hosted by Mike Loder and Steven Maarbani from Venture Crowd, that delves into the dynamic and evolving world of venture crowd-raising.

In this episode, we are joined by Cameron Hope, Founder of CEO of Hirehood. #trends #funding futures

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The integral step to entering the property market

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In the debate surrounding housing affordability, a divergence emerges between media portrayals and stark realities. While the crisis is often depicted as insurmountable, critics argue that individuals tend to blame external factors rather than taking personal responsibility.

Despite challenges, advocates urge a shift from despair to possibility, emphasizing personal agency and proactive pursuit of homeownership goals. Thus, while acknowledging the hurdles, reframing the discourse empowers individuals to navigate the housing market with resilience and determination, making the dream of owning a home a tangible reality for those willing to seize it. #Trending #Featured

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LA real estate agent reveals the secret to success

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What does it take to be a top performing real estate agent?

Wyld Money dives into the world of financial freedom. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or just getting started, join us for actionable tips and tricks to unlock your earning potential, and retire on your own terms.

In this episode, Mark delves into the fast paced world of LA luxury real estate with renowned agent, Glen Coutinho from Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills. #wyld money #trending

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