søndag 1. mai 2022

A Small Border City Grapples With Post-Lockdown Survival

While the lockdown in China’s financial hub of Shanghai is taking a direct hit on the country’s economy, local businesses in far-flung smaller cities are scrambling to survive even after the relaxation of stringent COVID-19 restrictions. Dongxing in the southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lifted some of its virus control measures Sunday after a two-month lockdown. But some residents in the city of 216,000 people bordering Vietnam said they found themselves in limbo and were considering shutting their businesses amid uncertainty over future lockdowns.

Their stories offer a glimpse into how local businesses in small cities, especially those sharing borders with other countries, are grappling with gloomy future prospects. The frequent virus flare-ups, which authorities have often blamed on imported cases, followed by the abrupt lockdowns have dealt a blow to their economies, which are largely dependent upon tourism and cross-border trade.