Key lessons China Inc is learning on the Belt and Road

Building a mosque close to a factory is one example of the many ways Chinese firms are working within partner countries to smooth over some of the bumps on the Belt and Road.

After acquiring a 49.9% stake in Malaysia’s national carmaker, Proton, in June last year, Zhejiang Geely Holdings noticed that productivity at its main plant was down compared with its other overseas plants such as its Volvo plant in Europe.

When management investigated, they discovered that the majority of the workers were spending several hours per day travelling to the nearest mosque to pray.

“After we discovered the nearest mosque was several kilometres away, and nearly all of our staff were having to travel for hours each day to pray, we decided to build a mosque closer to the plant,” said Li Shufu,...

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