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Mexico Poised For The Manufacturing Spotlight Amid Tensions In China-US Relations

A couple of developments related to China rocked tech stocks on Thursday as fears of an aggravation of the trade war.

A couple of developments related to China rocked tech stocks on Thursday as fears of an aggravation of the trade war between the world’s top two economies intensify. Against his backdrop, venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya shared on X data that showed the U.S. diversifying away from China.

Aerial view of the construction site of Section 3 of the Mayan Train, in Uman, Yucatan state, Mexico, on August 31, 2023. Mexico has been on the rise with companies looking to move away from China in terms of manufacturing. (RODRIGO OROPEZA/GETTY IMAGES) 

“First time since 2003, US imports more from Mexico than China,” Palihapitiya tweeted early Friday and shared a graphic from BofA Securities, which showed the percentage of U.S. imports from Mexico on a 12-month moving average basis exceeded imports from China for the first time since 2023.

Mexico has also been known as the car capital of the world where the Detroit automakers including Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis have plants in the country build for the American consumers.

“My guess is that customers can no longer absorb the large price difference between Chinese polysilicon and that of other countries and have pushed for lower figures,” said Luis Ini, a journalist in writing in PV Magazine Mexico.

The data assumes importance in the wake of the frosty relationship between China and the U.S. China has banned the use of iPhones in government offices and this along with the launch of a new phone by Chinese rival Huawei sent Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock into a tailspin. 

The stock lost about $190 billion in market cap over the past two days, as it settled Thursday’s session down 2.92% to $177.56, according to Benzinga News.

Aerial view of the construction site of Section 3 of the Mayan Train, in Uman, Yucatan state, Mexico, on August 31, 2023. Mexico has been on the rise with companies looking to move away from China in terms of manufacturing. (RODRIGO OROPEZA/GETTY IMAGES) 

U.S. multinationals, including Apple and Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) have China as their major production base. China also doubled up as a major market for these companies and other major tech giants such as Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA). 

A potential U.S.-China trade war would stifle the recovery seen by tech companies following 2022’s dismal showing, putting further pressure on top line and margins.

“Mexico was again the featured buyer of U.S. corn in the week ending August 31 at a net 16.8 million bushels. China bought 3 million bushels during the week,” said Arlan Suderman on X, a chief economist for StoneX Group.

The data that shows U.S. diversification away from China could be good news, allaying fears concerning a deep hit to the domestic economy. Tesla, which produces roughly half of its electric vehicles in China, currently has begun construction of a Gigafactory in Mexico.

Mexico’s rise in ranks as the top U.S. trading partner bodes well as the North American Free Trade Agreement signed among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in 1992 eliminates most trade barriers and tariffs for goods and services trade between any of these three nations.

 

Produced in association with Benzinga

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