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Hong Kong's small businesses anxious over 'Made in China' policy

US label rule hurts medical-supply, jewelry and food sectors in American market

Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Container Terminals. Many small local manufacturers see their businesses in danger because they can no longer export their products as "Made in Hong Kong."   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Inside a factory in Hong Kong's bustling Lai Chi Kok district, dozens of workers place multiple layers of nonwoven fabric into machines, where they are compressed, cut into rectangles and attached to earloops. From there, the face masks undergo quality control before they are sterilized, bundled and boxed for shipment.

These "Made in Hong Kong" masks are manufactured by Lockill, established in March amid the coronavirus pandemic, and are sold locally and abroad. But the company's U.S. exports are facing an uncertain future after Washington announced this past summer that all Hong Kong imports must be labeled as "Made in China" in response to Beijing's imposition of a national security law in the city.

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