BEIJING (REUTERS) - Only a small number of companies are moving supply chains out of China, a commerce ministry official said on Tuesday (July 2), amid signs that some firms are shifting production to other countries as the US-China trade war drags on.
The problem shouldn't be overstated, Chu Shijia, a department director at the ministry, said at a media briefing.
In recent years, some Chinese manufacturers had already started to relocate capacity to countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, due to high operating costs at home. The Sino-US dispute is now pushing more to follow suit, especially makers of low-tech and low-value goods.
Some Chinese companies had concerns initially when the trade frictions started, but now they have found some ways to cut costs and to minimise the impact, Chu said.