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China apparel makers turn to Vietnam for wage relief

Cheap labor outweighs geopolitical risks -- for now

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Chinese apparel makers are increasingly shifting production to Vietnam, where labor costs are almost 60% lower.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Soaring wages at home are prompting Chinese apparel makers to shift production to neighboring Vietnam, where labor costs are nearly 60% lower.

Though such moves involve a certain amount of risk due to the nations' territorial dispute in the South China Sea, among other factors, observers do not see the trend ending anytime soon.

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