Fac­to­ries shut down ahead of G20 sum­mit

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

CHI­NESE au­thor­i­ties have shut down scores of fac­to­ries and or­dered a manda­tory hol­i­day for work­ers ahead of a sum­mit of lead­ers of the Group of 20 eco­nomic pow­ers, au­thor­i­ties said.

The Hangzhou city govern­ment or­dered a hol­i­day for busi­nesses in the down­town area from Septem­ber 1 to 7. The G20 meet­ing will be held on Septem­ber 4 and 5.

City of­fi­cials have also en­cour­aged cit­i­zens to take their hol­i­day out of town, in the hopes of re­duc­ing con­ges­tion. The city has al­ready spent months pre­par­ing for the meet­ing and has un­der­gone a ma­jor over­haul in an at­tempt to make traf­fic more ef­fi­cient.

Along with the manda­tory va­ca­tion, cer­tain types of fac­to­ries within a 300-kilo­me­tre (185-mile) ra­dius of Hangzhou have been forced to shut down for 12 days in or­der to en­sure blue skies for the vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment web­sites.

The or­der af­fects chem­i­cal pro­duc­ers, construction ma­te­rial fac­to­ries and tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ers stretch­ing across Shang­hai and four prov­inces. –

Photo: AFP

Dough fig­urines of G20 coun­try lead­ers made by folk crafts­man Wu Xiaoli mark the com­ing sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

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