China’s strengths in the manufacturing sector are too much even for the US, but it has its weakness in financial industry and Trump is targeting that, according to Jeon Byung-seo, head of Institute for China Economy and Finance.
“The fundamental motive of the bilateral trade war is to push China to open its financial market and make money by becoming the first in the market before it becomes mature,” Jeon said in his lecture held at a forum hosted by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
|Jeon Byung-seo, head of Institute for China Economy and Finance (KCCI)|
“Xi will wait until the election campaign begins, when Trump’s leadership will be tested at the congressional midterm election (in November),” he said.
“While Xi holds ultimate and unlimited power, Trump’s presidency will end soon, and the election will determine the fate of his leadership. It is no match.”
Driven by the strong state power, China could become the world’s No. 1 economy by 2050 under Xi’s plan, and in the course of becoming the world’s economic superpower, consumption by the rising middle class in China will “explode.”
Manufacturing is no longer the driving force of the Chinese economy, as the growth of the service industry has already surpassed the nation’s traditional industrial sector, Jeon said. And middle-class Chinese are going to spend more on automobiles, finance and welfare.
The demographic change and transition of industries in China has implications for South Korea, he said, adding that Asia’s fourth-largest economy should closely watch the neighboring country asit becomes part of the global financial market, rather than focusing on ways to beat them in manufacturing.
“Korea should acquire shares in Chinese companies that went ahead of us. Take a long shot, if competition in manufacturing sector does not work, be prepared for (China) opening its window to its financial market,” he said referring to China’s innovative companies including Baidu and Tencent.
By Cho Chung-un