China hopes to surpass the US as the world’s biggest producer of pharmaceutical products. Illustration: SCMP

Trade war fears spook US policymakers into thinking China could weaponise drug exports

  • Pharmaceutical products have thus far been exempt from trade war tariffs, but there is growing fear in Washington about reliance on China
  • Experts suggest US is unprepared to deal with minor disruption in supply of many basic drugs from China, with some fearing a malicious contamination
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China hopes to surpass the US as the world’s biggest producer of pharmaceutical products. Illustration: SCMP
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Doug Palmer

Doug Palmer

Doug Palmer is a reporter for POLITICO.

Cissy Zhou

Cissy Zhou

Cissy joined the SCMP in 2019. Prior to that, she has been a producer at BBC News and investigative reporter at CaiXin Media. She is interested in China's politics and economy.

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.