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As the trade conflict between the United States and China takes hold, the global economy will feel the impacts of distorted trade flows, including rising prices and declining efficiencies. But the news isn’t all bad, according to this illuminating report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. A number of success stories could emerge in Asia, where several countries are well-positioned in three major industries to take advantage of the turmoil. This sober assessment is required reading for executives, industry analysts and trade experts.

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  • How the trade conflict between the United States and China will affect the global economy, and 
  • Which nations could benefit from the turmoil.
 

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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis organization.

 

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As of late 2018, China and the United States had collectively imposed tariffs on $360 billion worth of goods. Continuing escalation of the trade dispute could eventually encompass the bulk of products exchanged between the two titans. The impacts will reverberate, affecting other nations. The trade constraints will push up world prices and create inefficiencies. Higher costs could lead to inflation, which in turn could bring about monetary tightening, dwindling investor confidence and economic slowdowns. But tariffs relocate rather than decrease trade; some countries will profit as companies secure alternative solutions. While Mexico and countries in Europe could benefit from the fallout, the majority of the winners are in Asia, economies that are already encroaching on China’s production dominance.


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