Ren Le Tian took over the reins at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding at a challenging point. The chief executive became the shipyard’s executive director and chairman in April when his father, Ren Yuanlin, stepped down from the posts.

The impact of trade disputes and the Covid-19 pandemic crashed hopes of a revival in the shipbuilding market that yards round the world held at the end of last year. Yangzijiang was among the optimists.

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