Title

China-ASEAN export rivalry in the US market

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Volume

8

Issue

2

First Page

157

Last Page

179

Keywords

Shift\-share, Competitiveness, China, Asean\-4, Synergy, Crisis

Abstract

In this paper, the degree of export rivalry or competition among China and ASEAN-4 (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia) is examined using the shift-share methodology. Our results show that overall China was more competitive than ASEAN-4 in its exports to the US. China was more competitive in manufacturing exports whereas ASEAN-4 fared better in agricultural or primary exports. China's advantages in export growth and industry structure vis-à-vis ASEAN-4 were less pronounced before, than after, the onset of the Asian financial crisis, implying that the crisis has indeed affected ASEAN-4 more than China. It has been contended that China's advantage in manufacturing exports could have been accentuated by Hong Kong' production in South China, which has been counted in US trade statistics as China's exports to the US. After disentangling Hong Kong's production in China, the degree of rivalry between China and ASEAN-4 is significantly reduced. Our analysis points to the role of sub-regional production synergy in boosting a country''s export competitiveness.

DOI

10.1080/1354786032000074721

Print ISSN

13547860

E-ISSN

14699648

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Recommended Citation

Voon, J. P., & Yue, R. (2003). China-ASEAN export rivalry in the US market. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 8(2), 157-179. doi: 10.1080/1354786032000074721