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ASEAN becomes China's top trade partner as supply chain evolves

Beijing turns to neighboring bloc as trade war disrupts access to US market

A port in Shenzhen, China: More Chinese businesses are setting up factories in Southeast Asia.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Southeast Asia became China's largest trade partner in the January-June half as the trade war with the U.S. forces Beijing to recalibrate its global supply chain.

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