Blog: Leonie BarrieCan China Compete?

Leonie Barrie | 23 September 2008

Here’s a headline I wouldn’t have expected to see a couple of years ago: Can China compete? This article in Time magazine confirms trends we’ve consistently reported on just-style this year, that China’s industrial model is starting to break down.

Perhaps it was inevitable that China would eventually lose its edge. After all, the economies of Asia's other tigers - South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong - have all undergone a similar transition.

The dilemma now is where to source from in the future? As Harry Lee, the managing director of TAL Apparel points out: "Five years ago, my first choice would have been China; my second, China; and my third, China.

"Now my first three choices are: I don't know, I don't know and I don't know."


Can China Compete?


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