That means the death of small businesses in the area. China's big goal of leading the world economy doesn't take the lives of ordinary citizens into account. Those who don't make the cut, lose their livelihood and have to go.
Human rights advocates say Germany can do more to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and condemn the Uighur camps in Xinjiang, but business interests stand in the way.
US President Donald Trump insists manufacturing is key to economic growth, even as his protectionist policies hit the sector hard and put jobs at risk.
After leaked documents revealed details about China's internment of Muslim Uighurs, Germany's foreign minister urged Beijing to uphold human rights. German carmaker VW, meanwhile, has defended its presence in China.
The Chinese economy grew an underwhelming 6% in quarter three, its weakest rate in at least 27 years. An ongoing trade war with the US continues to weigh on the world's second largest economy.
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