Liu Liu

Journalist, Lianhe Zaobao

Liu Liu is a journalist with Lianhe Zaobao's China Desk. She is responsible for news coverage focusing on politics and the economy in Greater China. Prior to joining the China Desk, she was a research analyst at a think tank for three years. 

A vendor (centre) sells meat at her stall in front of a residential building in Hanoi, Vietnam on 31 March 2021. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP)

Shifting supply chains from China to Southeast Asia is hard but necessary

Amid the effects of the China-US trade war and the Covid-19 pandemic, global manufacturers are seeing the need to adopt a ”China+1“ strategy by diversifying their supply chains or business operations beyond China. However, moving parts of the supply chain to the Southeast Asian region is not so straightforward. What challenges do they face and how are they overcoming them? Will China's position as the "world's factory" be shaken and how will its economic model be changed?