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Assessing China’s Role of Global Value Chains in High-Technology Production

  • Due to the recent political and economic events of the so called U.S.-China Trade War, the media broadcasted extensively about both parties placing tariffs on each other. This situation impacts heavily on global value chains and brings an increasing focus on GVCs in terms of an economic upgrading in China. A re-examination of the bilateral trade relationships of China and its value added on export products becomes an interesting topic which deserves to be analyzed. In order to understand how GVCs function in international trade and their impact on public and private sectors, an overview of GVCs is presented. Using one of the successful examples of GVCs, this paper focuses on China’s high-tech industry and aims to evaluate its role in GVCs. By reviewing the transformation and development of high-tech industry in China, this paper provides insights into the change of industrial structure and current challenges during the transitional phase. By analyzing statistical data from Input-Output Table for China’s most advanced sectors – computer, electronic and optical products – this paper found out that China’s role of GVCs has changed overtime. More precisely, there is a trend of moving towards knowledge- and service-intensive sectors.

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Author:Tse-Ling Chen
Advisor:Wolf-Dietrich Schneider
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2019
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Date of final exam:2019/02/28
Release Date:2019/07/11
Tag:China; GVCs; High-tech; Value added
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Production, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das UrhG