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China's factories struggle without key import: foreign talent

Travel bans leave tech suppliers unable to bring in production advisers

An engineer tests an antenna  at a factory of FiberHome Technologies Group in Wuhan before the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Even after China's internal lockdowns are lifted, some makers of electronic parts remain cut off from a vital resource for expanding production: international talent.

Engineers from Japan, the U.S. and other countries play a crucial part in installing new factory equipment, but travel restrictions have complicated the trip to their Chinese clients.

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