Nations Aim to Secure Supply Chains by Turning Offshoring into ‘Friend-Shoring’

WASHINGTON — As war and the pandemic reveal the fragility of supply chains, the United States and its allies are pursuing a new kind of global commerce, one that confines trade to a circle of trusted nations. Fans call the change “friend-shoring.”

The new strategy is a departure from the economic globalization of past decades, when companies bought and produced products at low costs and free trade policies made it cheaper and faster to transport goods around the world.


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