U.S. companies have been exiting China since the start of the trade war, and with the viral pandemic now sweeping the world, expect to see a lot more manufacturing movement away from China.
Mexico and Asia could be looking much more attractive for the supply chain.
The CCP Virus has decimated populations in 204 countries and territories around the globe, with 82,074 deaths to date.
The infection is now commonly known as the CCP Virus because the Communist Party by its deceit allowed it to spread quickly before alerting the world. Now, U.S. companies that have done business with China for decades are looking to bring manufacturing closer to home, amid the threat from China to withdraw the supply of much needed medical supplies from the United States.
The seventh annual Reshoring Index put out by global manufacturing firm Kearney, released on Tuesday, co-author Patrick Van den Bossche wrote, “Three decades ago, U.S. producers began manufacturing and sourcing in China for one reason: costs. The trade war brought a second dimension more fully into the equation―risk―as tariffs and the threat of disrupted China imports prompted companies to weigh surety of supply more fully alongside costs. COVID-19 brings a third dimension more fully into the mix, and arguably to the fore: resilience―the ability to foresee and adapt to unforeseen systemic shocks.
As Kenneth Rapoza wrote in Forbes, the Kearney report revealed a “dramatic reversal” because domestic U.S. manufacturing in 2019 outdid 14 Asian exporters tracked in the study. “Manufacturing imports from China were the hardest hit,” said Rapoza, reported the Daily Wire.
He added, “The new SARS coronavirus has literally closed the economies of the Western world and created a public relations nightmare for China.”
In mid-March, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News of an article in Xinhua, the Chinese state-run media agency, that stated, “If China retaliates against the United States at this time, in addition to announcing a travel ban on the United States, it will also announce strategic control over medical products and ban exports to the United States. Then the United States will be caught in the ocean of new coronaviruses. Also according to the U.S. CDC officials, most of the drugs in the United States are imported. … If China banned exports, the United States will fall into the hell of a new coronavirus pneumonia epidemic. … We should say righteously that the U.S. owes China an apology, the world owes China a ‘thank you.’”
Rubio warned, “They can threaten to cut us off from our pharmaceutical supplies, they could trigger a domestic problem here that would make it difficult or us to confront them. It’s a tremendous amount of leverage.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who together with Bill Gallagher (R-Wis.) introduced a bill to help put an end to the U.S. dependence on China for pharmaceuticals said, “The Chinese Communist Party has threatened to cut off America’s access to vital drugs in the midst of a pandemic caused by its own failures. It’s time to pull America’s supply chains for lifesaving medicine out of China and make the CCP pay for contributing to this global emergency.”
Speaking to Fox News on March 27, Cotton added, “Yeah, things like antibiotics and ibuprofen and Advil are made in China for the most part. It’s time to bring that manufacturing capacity back to the United States, time to bring a lot more back to the United States from China. China unleashed this plague on the world, and there will be a reckoning when we’re on the backside of it.”