Everyone is now trying to “Decouple” from China.

The Resilience of China’s Supply Chain Dominance

Despite increasing discussions about decoupling and derisking from China, the country remains a critical global supplier. A recent trade report by Allianz Trade emphasizes that a complete decoupling from China is “difficult, if not impossible.” This insight is crucial as the global economy grapples with supply chain reconfigurations and geopolitical tensions.

The Allianz Trade report, led by Ana Boata, Head of Economic Research, surveyed over 3,000 companies across China, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, the UK, and the U.S. The findings reveal that European companies, particularly in Germany and Spain, are optimistic about expanding their footprint in China. Nearly 40% of these firms plan to increase their engagement in China, compared to only 27% of U.S. companies with similar plans.

Key Statistics and Market Insights

  • European vs. U.S. Perspectives: European firms are less concerned about decoupling from China than their U.S. counterparts. In France, over 30% of companies plan to expand their operations in China.
  • Chinese Export Optimism: Chinese exporters exhibit a notably higher level of optimism compared to their global peers. Over 10% of Chinese exporters anticipate a more than 10% increase in exports, a stark contrast to the 2-5% increase expected by exporters from other countries.
  • Supply Chain Diversification: Despite the challenges of decoupling, diversification remains a priority. Companies are looking towards the Asia-Pacific region, particularly ASEAN countries, to diversify their supply chains.

In-Depth Insights into Trade Dynamics

  1. Supply Chain Challenges: The report underscores the geopolitical risks and supply chain disruptions that remain top concerns for exporters. Political tensions, protectionism, and input shortages are significant risks that companies are navigating.
  2. Optimism Amidst Challenges: The increased optimism among Chinese exporters is attributed to a rebound from a challenging previous year marked by a global trade recession. This optimism reflects the resilience and strategic adjustments made by Chinese businesses.
  3. Geopolitical Risks: The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and trade tensions between the U.S. and China are highlighted as major geopolitical risks. These factors heavily influence the strategic decisions of companies with complex, global supply chains.
  4. Regional Focus for Diversification: Companies are favoring regional diversification within Asia-Pacific and Latin America over reshoring. This trend highlights the strategic move towards nearshoring to mitigate risks while maintaining supply chain efficiency.

Future Outlook and Strategic Considerations

The report suggests that while complete decoupling from China is unlikely, companies will continue to explore diversification strategies to mitigate risks. The emphasis on nearshoring and regional diversification indicates a pragmatic approach to balancing cost efficiency with geopolitical stability.


For businesses, understanding these dynamics is crucial for making informed decisions about supply chain management and investment strategies. The evolving geopolitical landscape and the persistent importance of China in global trade underscore the need for agile and adaptable business strategies.

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