Is “decoupling” from the West part of Beijing’s strategy?

China’s announcement of sanctions on U.S. chipmaker Micron Technology comes a day after the Group of Seven nations recently suggested that economic engagement with China would be committed to “de-risking” rather than “decoupling.” It is the first major US chip company to be banned, and to a considerable extent, this move also gives the outside world a glimpse of Beijing’s anti-“decoupling” and “de-risking” coping strategies. China’s version of decoupling De-risking In addition to Micron’s ban, China has recently raided the Chinese offices of several foreign companies and detained multiple employees and even executives. Despite these signs of China’s seemingly sudden acceleration in decoupling, observers say people should not be surprised. “The G-7 (Group of Seven) shouldn’t take China’s own desire to decouple or reduce risk as irony or suddenness. It’s always been part of Beijing’s strategy.” Emerging Markets Practice at Berkeley Research Group, a strategic consulting firm and national economic security director Harry Broadman. “That’s the way to put China’s actions against Micron in perspective.” Brodman said in an interview with VOA that China has never kept secret for years its strategy that it ultimately wants to decouple from advanced Western countries from a technological standpoint. Self-reliance and self-improvement in core areas is China’s long-standing basic national policy. Under this established policy, it is only a matter of time before it decouples from companies from certain Western countries. Micron’s entanglement with China can be traced back to 2018, when the trade dispute between the United States and China heated up sharply. , Micron has repeatedly raised allegations of Chinese secret theft, and it has always been the one that has the most conflicts with China among major chip companies for many years. Still, Beijing only recently demanded that “operators of critical information infrastructure in China should stop purchasing Micron products,” citing national security risks. For Micron’s Chinese opponents, the wings were not yet full in 2018. China’s largest memory chip manufacturer Yangtze River Storage had just launched the 3D NAND architecture Xtracking under the national strategic project, and now this technology is called China’s killer technology Mass production has been achieved. “By banning Micron, the authorities have opened up a space in the industry that can be filled by Chinese chipmakers.” A report in The New York Times this week said the memory chip industry is now China’s largest competitor in chip competition with the United States. One of the few industries that can “have a foothold”. Stewart Black, INSEAD professor of global leadership and strategy, and Allen J. Morrison, professor of global management at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of International Management, recently wrote that the past 15 years In the middle of the year, China has been pursuing a strategy of reducing excessive dependence on foreign countries, and this strategy is expected to continue into the next 15 years. They wrote in the “Harvard Business Review” that for the United States, decoupling mainly involves protecting employment or returning jobs, and ensuring the security of the United States’ infrastructure. “However, from China’s perspective, decoupling is a strategic shift. , China has shifted its focus from economic growth to economic control.” Although China’s “get rid of the “stuck neck” and the United States’ “not to be coerced by any country” seem to be somewhat similar, the de-risking of the two countries is considered to be different on many levels. same concept. China’s development in the past few decades has benefited to a considerable extent from globalization. China is the largest trading partner or investor in dozens of countries. Its “One Belt, One Road” and other projects are deeply involved in the economies of many countries. China’s future prosperity and decline It is also closely related to the integration of its economy and the world. While China is trying its best to disconnect its key industries from the West, it also firmly opposes “decoupling”. China’s official media said that “de-risking” is old wine in a new bottle. On Thursday, the official warned again not to use the name of “de-risking” to de-Sinicize the reality. Shu Jueting, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Commerce, also called on G7 members to implement their statement that they would not seek “decoupling” from China. Morrison, a professor at Arizona State University and co-author of “Enterprise China: Adopting a Competitive Strategy for Business Success,” emphasized in an interview with VOA that China’s goal It’s not decoupling. He said that China hopes to become the dominant player in the world economically and politically, and it is pursuing a relationship that in turn makes the West dependent on China. “This is their goal, so decoupling is inconsistent with this goal.” Strengthen the formulation and promotion of its own industrial standards, and hope that other countries in the world will act in accordance with China’s technical standards. “Therefore, it is inaccurate to think that China’s strategy is decoupling.” billion, and about a quarter of last year’s more than $30 billion in revenue came from China (including Hong Kong), and it’s unclear to what extent China’s blockade of Micron will affect the company’s prospects. “Asia Times” said in an article titled “With the ban on Micron, China expresses its opposition to ‘de-risking'” on Tuesday, saying that China’s announcement of sanctions against Micron is intended to warn other multinational companies. “By banning Micron products, Beijing is warning foreign technology companies not to join the West’s ‘de-risking’ program,” the report said. A survey last month by global consultancy and insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson (WTW) found that more than 40% of corporate respondents expected a breakaway between the two largest economies, amid deep concerns among Western businesses about a decoupling between the United States and China. of economic decoupling will be “significantly stronger” in 2023, while the same survey found that less than 15% of businesses feel the same in 2022. While “de-risking” has gotten a lot of attention recently, Berkeley Research Group’s Brodman, who has long been a consultant in China, says the focus is overblown and that changes in “de-risking” and “decoupling” are “on the rise.” In business decision-making, there is not much difference between the two.” This is a symbolic change, he said, and for companies, “the same action taken can be defined as ‘reducing risk’ or ‘decoupling’.” Under the current situation, many American and Western companies have been working hard to reduce their risk exposure in China in recent years, and China seems to have already taken precautions, “playing the game of risk reduction very smartly.” Morrison of Arizona State University said, China They have also been de-risking, not only foreign companies, but also Chinese companies themselves are reducing their risk exposure to China, leaving China more and more. In order to prevent the supply chain from being too concentrated in China, companies from the United States, Europe, Japan and other countries have been trying to transfer their industries to Southeast Asian countries for many years. However, Morrison said that this effort has had very limited results. He said: “Many western companies that reduce their exposure to China and look for other options are adopting the so-called “China + 1″ sourcing strategy, and many of the partners found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, etc. are actually Chinese-controlled companies. So they’re very smart about it. In a sense, Western companies are reducing their exposure to China, but on the other hand, their partners in Thailand or Malaysia are still controlled by Chinese entities.” China’s The photovoltaic industry is in an almost absolute dominant position in the international market. In the ranking of the world’s top ten photovoltaic module suppliers last year published by the photovoltaic industry media PV-Tech in February this year, Chinese companies accounted for eight seats. However, in the United States, related The statistics of product importing countries show that the importing countries of photovoltaic products are mainly Southeast Asian countries. According to a report by S&P Global Market Intelligence in March this year, imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam together accounted for 78.7% of US PV module imports in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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