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Wuhan virus: China-dependent economies may be in for rough ride

Stalling of various economic activities set to hit Asean manufacturing, services growth

The virus outbreak in China is a potent reminder that a diversified base of revenues and supplies is a good insurance policy against unexpected economic disruptions.

While the final tally of the economic costs will depend on how long the epidemic persists, one thing is clear: The more China-dependent you are, the more it will hurt. Having said that, there's no easy way to devise a strategy to determine your exposure to the world's second-largest economy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 03, 2020, with the headline 'Wuhan outbreak: China-dependent economies may be in for rough ride'. Print Edition | Subscribe