As China recovers from COVID-19, small businesses are struggling to re-open

Mar 23, 2020
Pork seller Ma Qiang sold $35,000 worth of pork to restaurants ahead of the Lunar New Year and expected to be paid after the holiday. Then COVID-19 hit.
Ma Qiang mainly supplies to restaurants but a lot of them are struggling after weeks of closure.
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China's service economy imperiled by virus emergency

Jan 24, 2020
Services now form a key sector in China's economy.
Residents wear masks while buying vegetables in the market on Jan. 23th, 2020 in Wuhan, China.
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In China, economy dogged at decade's end

Dec 25, 2019
China started 2009 weathering the global financial crisis and ends the decade battling slower economic growth and a trade war with the U.S.
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The lucky migrant workers who get to retire in Beijing

Oct 4, 2019
While many people move away from the countryside for work, few of them are able to officially register in the cities.
A man sells dream catchers in Beijing. Few migrant workers from the countryside can stay in the city long term.
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China's struggling shoe components suppliers contemplate their futures

Oct 4, 2019
Three shoe component suppliers discuss the U.S.-China trade war and the changes they have seen in the last few decades.
A shoe heel manufacturer in southern China's Dongguan city exports mainly to the U.S.
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The people who connect the China and U.S. markets

Oct 4, 2019
Darren Quon and James Gau worked in manufacturing before moving into the business of consulting and sourcing.
Skyline of Dongguan city, a manufacturing hub.
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The Chinese manufacturers behind U.S. shoe brands

Oct 3, 2019
Shoe manufacturing shifted from Europe and the U.S., to Japan and Brazil, then to South Korea and Taiwan. Now, much of it takes place in mainland China.
Workers at Changjian Shoe factory in Dongguan city.
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Slowing growth in China a concern to global companies

Jul 15, 2019
Global automakers, to take one example, are finding the downward trend concerning.
Boxes of photoelectric board products are cased at the Tianwei Yingli Green Energy Resources plant in Baoding, China.
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Why China wants to stock more than 200,000 tons of pork

May 30, 2019
Some countries stockpile grain and petroleum. China has both, plus a national pork reserve.
A local meat market in Shanghai is dominated by pork stands. Pork is a staple in the Chinese diet and accounts for 70% of all meat consumed in China.
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China's GDP is growing faster than expected. What does that mean for trade talks?

Apr 17, 2019
The White House had argued that a weakening Chinese economy would give the U.S. an advantage in negotiations.
Vendors inside a fruit store wait for customers in Beijing in February. 
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