SINGAPORE (Mar 5): Oxford Economics says the prospects of Northeast Asian economies, which are uniquely exposed to the ongoing global electronics slowdown, are not as bleak as they seem.

This is due to trade diversion’s partial mitigation of the impact of US-China trade tensions as well as limited direct competition between China and other Northeast Asian economies in the high-value field of semiconductor production, according to the global forecasting and quantitative analysis firm.

In a Tuesday report, economist Tommy Wu says the global electronics downcycle, particularly in the case of semiconductors, is reflective of normalising prices after a period of exceptional price increases in the generally deflationary sector.

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