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July 30, 2020 | More Challenges for China and Global Supply Chains

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel (www.venablepark.com) Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog: www.jugglingdynamite.com

The shift of production back to North America and Europe is a macro theme with legs.  First, came trade disputes and rising protectionism along with steadily rising emission restrictions and carbon taxes that make international shipping more expensive.  Next, COVID-19 showed the west its vulnerability in having essential equipment, supplies and medicines made far from home in places like China. Now, record flooding is compounding risks to current supply chains.  The world’s second-largest and most highly-indebted economy has swooned in 2020–and the hits keep coming.

The worst flooding in six decades in China is displacing millions and straining the Three Gorges Dam. WSJ’s Jonathan Cheng explains how the natural disaster is hampering the country’s efforts to restart an economy already battered by the coronavirus pandemic.  Here is a direct video link.

The mammoth Three Gorges Dam has long been rumoured to have been poorly constructed and vulnerable to disaster (see Three Gorges Dam could collapse).

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July 30th, 2020

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