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, a business correspondent for The Times in Hong Kong, has been exploring the global impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. She spoke with Mike Ives, on the Briefings team, about her latest report, on how the shutdown of one of the world’s biggest economies is hurting business around the globe.
Hey, Alex. What was the most striking thing you learned while reporting this story?
How China plays such a big role in the lives of individuals around the world. We read a lot from corporations about how their bottom lines are being hit. We also have heard a lot from policymakers who are worried. But China is the economic center of gravity for so many smaller players, too.
One economist put it this way: We’ve never been here before. Not even in wartime has an economy completely ground to a halt the way China’s did. And the world has never been as integrated as it is today.
You interviewed a truck driver from Mongolia who may need a new job because the border with China has closed. How did you find him?