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Honda Says China Plant Remains Shut as Power Cuts Are Extended

  • Searing heat and drought is disrupting manufacturing in region
  • Beijing vows to ease power shortage in Sichuan and Chongqing

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. said its plant in the Chinese city of Chongqing will remain closed this week as the local government extended an order to curb power use and shut factory operations.

Every manufacturer in the Chongqing region is subject to the order and it hasn’t been decided when it will be lifted, according to Honda’s spokesman, who declined to be identified because of internal policy. The previous directive had been set to expire on Aug. 25.