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A soft drink bottling plant. Photo from Adobe Stock.
February 28, 2020

Reconciling SME Production in China with Coronavirus Control

With the steady decline in new confirmed cases of coronavirus in China beyond Hubei Province, public scrutiny has increasingly shifted to the economy affected by the outbreak, particularly the impact on the plethora of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). An earlier CGD note explored the impact of coronavirus on SMEs using data from the Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China (ESIEC) and follow-up interviews. In this accompanying note, we consider how SMEs can resume production without compromising epidemic control.

Xiaobo Zhang and Ruixin Wang
A welder in a factory. Adobe Stock.
February 28, 2020

The Impact of Coronavirus on China’s SMEs: Findings from the Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in January, Chinese business activity has been severely slowed, affecting China’s position in the global industrial supply chain. The Enterprise Survey for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in China (ESIEC) launched a survey on the “condition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) amidst the coronavirus outbreak.”

Rouchen Dai , Junpeng Hu and Xiaobo Zhang
Earthquake relief being unloaded in China in 2008. Photo by US Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Chris Vadnais.
February 26, 2020

China’s “Counterpart Assistance” Approach to Coronavirus: Lessons from the Wenchuan Earthquake Response

In early 2020, a new type of coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) emerged suddenly and spread steadily from China’s Wuhan City, Hubei Province, disrupting China’s social order. The epicenter of the epidemic, Hubei Province lacked medical personnel and epidemic prevention supplies; assistance was urgently needed. This note identifies the Chinese government’s “counterpart aid” strategy in response to the epidemic and explores the strategy’s utility, drawing on earlier experiences with disaster response.

Xiaobo Zhang and Lihe Xu