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China Locks Down Wholesale Hub for Christmas Trees, Trump Merch

  • Residents can’t leave compounds, schools closed after 3 cases
  • Another blow to global supply chains from Covid Zero fight
Yiwu’ is a hub for global trade in consumer knick-knacks.

Yiwu’ is a hub for global trade in consumer knick-knacks.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The city of Yiwu in eastern China, which exports everything from Christmas decorations to U.S. Presidential campaign merchandise, was locked down Wednesday, the latest blow to global supply chains from the country’s battle to stamp out the coronavirus.  

Home to a wholesale market that draws in goods from all over China, Yiwu asked residents to not leave their residential compounds or villages, closed schools and told local public transport operators to skip several bus stations in the region, according to a statement published on the city’s official WeChat account.