Global Production Sharing and Sino-US Trade Relations

18 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Prema-chandra Athukorala

Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; Australian National University (ANU)

Nobuaki Yamashita


This paper examines Sino-US trade relations, focusing on the ongoing process of global production sharing, involving splitting of the production process into discrete activities that are then allocated across countries, and the resulting trade complementarities between the two countries in world manufacturing trade. The results suggest that the Sino-US trade imbalance is basically a structural phenomenon resulting from the pivotal role played by China as the final assembly centre in East Asia-centered global production networks.

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Athukorala, Prema-chandra and Yamashita, Nobuaki, Global Production Sharing and Sino-US Trade Relations. China & World Economy, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 39-56, May-June 2009. Available at SSRN: or

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