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De-risk? Decouple? It’s just the West disrupting supply chains, Beijing says

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De-risk? Decouple? A Chinese official says it’s just the West disrupting supply chains

Wang Dongwei, China’s vice-minister of finance, tells a conference in Egypt the US and EU had weaponised the idea of national security‘To shut out China in the name of de-risking is to throw away opportunities, cooperation, stability and development,’ a foreign ministry spokesperson saysChina-Africa relationsJevans NyabiagePublished: 8:00pm, 30 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The West’s push for “de-risking” or “decoupling” from China is just an excuse to disrupt normal operations of global supply chains, a Beijing official told a finance conference in Egypt this week.

Wang Dongwei, China’s vice-minister of finance, said that Beijing hoped to see a world with enhanced industrial global chains, which are “necessary for an open and inclusive global economy” – especially after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, Wang said, the “actions of some countries” had thrown global industrial chains into disarray. In a veiled reference to the US and its European allies, Wang said the countries had weaponised the concept of national security and were misusing the idea of de-risking.

“We should firmly oppose such actions,” Wang said on Tuesday during a panel at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s annual meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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