Roboshoring: the path toward deglobalization?
The rise of industrial robotics has led some analysts to hail the beginning of a new era of “reshoring” and “deglobalization,” in which companies from developed countries bring manufacturing back home. The data show a more nuanced story though, and any manufacturing that returns will not bring many jobs with it – that will still depend on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Opinion: Separatism in Europe
Independence movements are on the rise in Europe. At the heart of this phenomenon is an ever-globalizing world, bringing with it inflows of foreigners and an outflow of traditional industries. Most of these movements have set aside violent measures in recent years, but there is no guarantee that will continue. If authorities in the EU and national governments do not deal with the challenges at the root of their grievances, it could lead to conflict at the local and national levels.
Opinion: Trade wars are bad, and nobody wins them
United States President Donald Trump insists that trade wars are “good” and “easy to win,” but history tells otherwise. His plan to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports will hurt U.S. producers and will likely cost far more jobs than they protect. The retaliation for such measures could hit global growth hard and lead to economic nationalism – a similar scenario occurred in the run-up to World War II.
GIS Dossier: Global trade and protectionism
According to the economic law of comparative advantage, the whole world has benefited from the enormous expansion of international trade since 1980. But over the past decade, few countries have acted like they believe it. GIS experts look at the roots and likely future course of protectionism’s global resurgence.
Are we heading toward trade wars?
Sluggish international trade in recent years has given reasons to worry about globalization. The value of trade involving the G20 group of countries leveled off in 2010 and has been in decline since mid-2014. Many blame Donald Trump and the new vogue for protectionism, but that is an oversimplification.
Asian powers ponder options as America turns inward
With internationalism on the retreat in the United States and Europe, Asia’s two biggest powers find themselves on the spot. Both China and India have spoken in defense of globalization and a multilateral, rules-based order. But neither appears ready to fill the vacuum left by receding U.S. power.
Global Outlook 2017: China’s rocky year
The election of Donald Trump in the United States brings with it a great deal of uncertainty for China and its leaders. It could face the threat of a trade war, and diplomatic challenges regarding Taiwan and the South China Sea. However, as Washington takes a more isolationist stance, 2017 will also offer China the opportunity to fill the vacuum.
China and Japan compete for Africa’s wealth and markets
Fast-growing Africa has raw materials and mass markets that China and Japan both covet. So far, Beijing has left Tokyo far behind in the race for African opportunities, but Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised national leaders long-term partnerships, concentrating on infrastructure, healthcare, education and agriculture, and strategic master plans for 1...
Japan's industry 'champions' defy tradition to succeed in world trade
Japan is still a largely inward-looking country, but 200 of its medium-size companies have become world market leaders by defying language and cultural barriers to dominate their market. Japan's industry 'champions' defy tradition to succeed in world trade ‘HIDDEN champions’ are at the vanguard of globalisation...