>> New thinking, new possibilities. It's the slogan greeting workers filing into this Hyundai plant on the outskirts of Beijing. But for many staff there, it couldn't be further from the truth. They're the latest victims of China's political spat with South Korea. And they're losing shifts, while stubborn leaders squabble over Seoul's rollout of the THAAD anti-missile system, which Beijing bitterly opposes.
Some say, they're only working one week a month, as China cracks down on Korean businesses. Hyundai sales have tumbled 60% in the world's biggest auto market. Forcing it to cut production across four plants, all of which were forced to temporarily shut down last week, because they couldn't pay suppliers.
The backlash is also rippling through the wider village, where many Hyundai workers live while they're on rotation. It's virtually become a ghost town. Demand for housing almost nonexistent, as small businesses have no one to serve.>>
> In the past we have 50 people coming here in a single day, now it's only 5 people.
Is that not called being affected?>> The diplomatic standoff is also stifling areas around other Hyundai factories in China. And with every Pyongyang missile launch, an even longer shadow is cast over the future of workers caught up in a fight they have nothing to do with.