- An Integrated North America Is the Solution to Supply Chain Insecurity
If there is broad bipartisan agreement on anything in Washington today, it is that the United States has become dangerously dependent on Chinese production. N-95 masks, essential drugs, components for lifesaving technologies, and even smartphones are all at least partially made in China. COVID-19 laid bare the vulnerability of these sprawling and unaccountable supply chains: when vital products or components are needed most, there is no guarantee that Chinese companies will make them available.
But if COVID-19 has revealed China’s disconcerting influence over the U.S. economy, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has steered the United States no closer to a solution. Trump has threatened to “decouple” the supply relationships connecting the Chinese and U.S. economies and promised to bring manufacturing back to U.S. shores. But moving production to the United States from a region such as Asia, where manufacturing costs are lower, would