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Wuhan lockdown strikes at heart of 'Made in China 2025'

Government goes all out to keep semiconductor and steel production rolling

Hubei Province is a key transportation hub, and activity there accounts for a little over 4% of China's economy, the world's second largest after the U.S.

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING -- The deadly coronavirus outbreak is taking a toll on China's manufacturing sector, striking a region crucial to the "Made in China 2025" high-tech initiative as well as a hub for the automotive industry.

Factory activity in Wuhan, the quarantined epicenter of the outbreak, has been laid low as companies tell workers to stay home and transit into and out of the city remains closed.

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