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Coronavirus and Trade and Supply Chains

MIN READFeb 6, 2020 | 22:25 GMT

Tugboats push a container ship to the dockyard at a container port in Qingdao, in China's Shandong province, on Sept. 6, 2019.

(YU FANGPING/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Efforts to manage and contain the coronavirus in China have already resulted in disruptions to trade and supply chains. Much is still unknown about the trajectory and duration of the outbreak, but fears are already mounting that it could sap China's growth in 2020. Given China's critical role as a center of production and consumption, this could roil the overall global trade picture, creating further headaches for exporters who are already struggling with falling EU demand, the twists and turns of the U.S.-China trade war and the Chinese economy's existing structural slowdown....

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