Extract from “TPP will spur erosion of China’s manufacturing edge”

If the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, it will spur the movement of the world’s manufacturing center from China to countries in Southeast Asia where the labor cost is cheaper and investments will flow in, China expert Jee Man-soo said.

Jee, a research fellow of the Korea Institute of Finance, said that Malaysia and Vietnam — members of the TPP — are likely to emerge as the world’s new fulcrum of manufacturing as China will struggle to keep its erstwhile advantage in the labor-intensive industries.

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