SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Xiaomi Corp CEO Lei Jun urged China’s smartphone industry to return to work as soon as possible, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt economic activity across the country.
He made the comments at a livestreamed product launch on Monday for the company’s new flagship Mi 10 phone series.
At the start of the event, Lei, a native of Hubei province where the virus broke out, donned a face mask to show support for effort to combat the health crisis.
“I’m from Hubei and spent four years in Wuhan in college, so my feelings for Wuhan are quite deep,” Lei said in his opening remarks.
“I believe Wuhan is a glorious city, and I believe even more that the brave and optimistic people of Wuhan can definitely fight this virus,” he added.
In December, Xiaomi opened a second headquarters in Wuhan, which currently has about 2,000 employees.
Factories and suppliers across much of China, including those in the smartphone…