For more than a decade since early 2000s, I had been traveling to China for business until there was a change in the last few years when China is excluded from my work scope. Places in China I have stepped foot include, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Yantai, Nanjing, Shanghai, Nantong, Wuxi, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Fujian etc. In the process, I had also made many friends.
Last week, I contacted a few China Chinese friends from different parts of China to find out the situation in China. Just to clarify, none is from Wuhan. The response is almost unified that life has more or less gone back to normal. Everyone has been at work for more than a month already. Even colleagues from Wuhan has returned to their posts. Work meetings continue, outings continue… Was told those who want to wear masks go ahead, those who do not feel like it, it is ok. But in work place, not many people wear masks. There is a general consensus that Covid-19 new infections are so low. And the new infections are mostly imported from border of China-Russia that are so far away from them, because China is after all so big a country.
However, everyone is still concern about the second wave of infections. More importantly, people are worried about business perhaps more than the second wave. Knowing the Chinese, the same feeling from before is still present now, such that the people are generally very confident and positive about their economy long term prospects and most of them felt that they can rely on their government to resolve any crisis.
CapitaRetail China Trust (CRCT)
You can say that I am influenced by my Chinese friends… my hands itched and nibbled on CapitaRetail China Trust. Below is an article I wrote in 2014 on CRCT.