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China's factories restart just as coronavirus hits global demand

Domestic operations resume but foreign clients are in hot water

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI -- Just a month ago, Danny Lau was concerned that he might miss the deadline for deliveries to a U.S. client, as he was unable to reopen his aluminum facade panel factory in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan due to the coronavirus outbreak then ravaging the country.

Now that 80% of his employees have returned to work, Lau's concern is that he might not receive enough orders to sustain the payroll.

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