China's Covid Rules Batter Business Confidence: EU Chamber
Umer Jamshaid Published May 05, 2022 | 04:00 PM
Beijing, May 5 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 5th May, 2022 ) :China's strict zero-Covid policy has led to a plunge in confidence among European companies operating in the country as supply chains are tangled, revenue projections fall and staff leave, according to a business group survey released on Thursday.
Beijing remains wedded to its strategy of stamping out coronavirus clusters with lockdowns and mass testing, even as the fast-spreading Omicron variant makes this increasingly difficult.
But the European Union Chamber of Commerce said in a report that the strict containment measures in dozens of Chinese cities, including the financial capital Shanghai, had caused "disruption on an epic scale".
"While the war (in Ukraine) has had an impact on European businesses operating in China, Covid-19 presents a far more immediate challenge and has caused a considerable drop in business confidence," the Chamber added.
Its survey of more than 370 members was conducted in late April.
Almost 60 percent decreased their revenue projections for this year, while around a third saw a drop in staffing, results showed.
Most companies also reported a negative hit on supply chains, with struggles accessing raw materials and components, or delivering finished products.
"The fact that it took down Shanghai has sent shockwaves through headquarters... Where is that going to end?" Wuttke said.
The Chamber said a vast majority of firms surveyed agreed with proposals to focus more on vaccinating China's entire population, allowing mild positive cases to quarantine at home, and allowing mRNA vaccines to be used.