The Asian nation China on Thursday stated that the impact of the deadly coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic on the supply chains globally will put a lot of pressure on Chinese exporters and also importers as they are looking forward to picking up the pace of business resumption amidst fewer reported cases of the disease.
Li Xingqian, the director of foreign trade at the Commerce Ministry stated to reporters in an online briefing that they would provide support for the Chinese firms in expanding imports of the key raw materials for coping with the supply chain disruptions.
Coronavirus spread has been slowing in China
Coronavirus spread has been slowing in mainland China "Over the short-term, the impact (of the coronavirus) on global economy and supply chains cannot be avoided and the global growth faces certain pressure, which would affect the business resumption of China's foreign trade companies and their ability to secure new orders," said Li. The recovery in factory activity has been accelerating, said Li, but global uncertainties are growing.
The coronavirus spread has been slowing in mainland China, a result of weeks of travel restrictions and quarantine measures imposed to control the movement of people and traffic, including the virtual lockdown of Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic. But these efforts have proven costly. Factory activity contracted at the fastest pace on record, both official and private surveys showed. China's exports contracted sharply in the first two months of the year, and imports declined.
Beijing has since ordered businesses outside of Hubei to resume production as soon as possible, while more businesses have reopened in recent weeks as containment measures are eased, analysts do not expect activity to return to normal levels till April. China had eight new coronavirus infections in Hubei province on Wednesday, the first time the region has recorded a daily tally in single digits.
(With agency inputs)