Workers queue up to get tested for Covid-19 at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, on August 5, 2021. Labour shortages and demonstrations at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou have renewed concerns over China’s increasingly precarious place in the global supply chain. Photo: AP
Workers queue up to get tested for Covid-19 at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, on August 5, 2021. Labour shortages and demonstrations at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou have renewed concerns over China’s increasingly precarious place in the global supply chain. Photo: AP
April Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

April Zhang

China’s Covid troubles show why it’s not ready to compete with the US

  • Talk of great power rivalry with the US makes China look strong and powerful, but recent unrest at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory shows a different narrative
  • China is not yet on an equal footing with the US: while it struggles to develop its hi-tech prowess amid US restrictions, it must work hard to protect its vulnerable position in the global supply chain

Workers queue up to get tested for Covid-19 at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, on August 5, 2021. Labour shortages and demonstrations at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou have renewed concerns over China’s increasingly precarious place in the global supply chain. Photo: AP
Workers queue up to get tested for Covid-19 at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, on August 5, 2021. Labour shortages and demonstrations at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou have renewed concerns over China’s increasingly precarious place in the global supply chain. Photo: AP
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