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Washington Post (November 29)

2022/ 12/ 03 by jd in Global News

“After so many months of insisting that the Communist Party and Mr. Xi know best — that rigid ‘zero covid’ is the only correct approach — changing course would imply they erred. China’s economy and its people’s health depend on whether this authoritarian system can respond to the voices of protest, ditch its own propaganda and show flexibility.”

 

Wall Street Journal (November 25)

2022/ 11/ 26 by jd in Global News

“China’s zero-Covid reckoning” is approaching as “record infections and new lockdowns lead to rising public frustration and slower economic growth.” China’s economy is expected to slow further, “with growth estimates falling for the fourth quarter and the year below 3%. That’s assuming Chinese officials aren’t gilding the books. China’s official GDP target for this year had been 5.5%.”

 

Reuters (November 11)

2022/ 11/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Signs of weakness are emerging” across the Chinese economy where “exports fell; inflation slowed; new bank lending tumbled…. Despite the authorities bucking the global trend… and deploying monetary and fiscal easing this year.” The “unexpectedly weak run of Chinese economic data” raises “the heat on policymakers to deliver more stimulus measures, but it also shows the limited effect more monetary easing and infrastructure spending can have.”

 

American Banker (November 9)

2022/ 11/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Lenders made it harder in the third quarter for both consumers and businesses to access credit,” and this trend looks likely to continue. “If the U.S. economy falls into a recession, more than 80% of banks said they would ‘somewhat’ or ‘substantially’ tighten lending standards for credit cards and loans backed by commercial real estate. More than 70% of banks said they would do the same for auto, commercial and industrial and residential real estate loans.”

 

Washington Post (November 4)

2022/ 11/ 06 by jd in Global News

“This week has brought a flurry of speculation over the possibility that Beijing might alter course nearly three years into the pandemic. Investors are watching for signs of recovering demand in China, the world’s second-largest economy, and an end to disruptions to manufacturing and transport that have affected global supply chains.”

 

Nikkei Asia (October 31)

2022/ 11/ 02 by jd in Global News

“A record sell-off of China stocks has revealed investors’ fears over the country’s largest companies after Xi Jinping secured his third term,” cementing his grip on leadership. Any hopes “that China’s down-beaten tech sector would revive” or that more open borders might “boost the economy were apparently dashed” when the CCP’s national congress affirmed a Politburo Standing Committee most “notable for a lack of reform-minded top leaders.”

 

CNN (October 19)

2022/ 10/ 20 by jd in Global News

Even with “Trussonomics… tossed out and a total market meltdown avoided, the near-term prospects for Britain’s economy look increasingly wobbly. A recession stretching through the winter looms. Policymakers were facing tough choices even before Truss unleashed financial market chaos. Now, with the government’s credibility tarnished, they’re in an even worse predicament.”

 

Reuters (October 17)

2022/ 10/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Local governments have long been a pump-primer of China’s growth, but declining state land sales revenue in the wake of an ongoing crackdown on debt in the sector has severely eroded their financial power – a situation exacerbated this year by China’s feeble growth, weak tax income and crippling COVID restrictions.” These bodies now face budget shortfalls of roughly $1 trillion. Amid China’s wobbly economy, “the timing couldn’t be worse.”

 

The Guardian (October 5)

2022/ 10/ 06 by jd in Global News

Prime Minister Liz Truss “is plugging on while the Tory party implodes…. Watching the Conservative party self-destruct after 12 years of near-untouchable power while the economy tanks is akin to seeing your racist neighbour’s house flood with sewage. It’s delightful schadenfreude – until you realise that stink is heading straight for you.”

 

Reuters (October 3)

2022/ 10/ 03 by jd in Global News

“A revival of American high-tech manufacturing” will pose a threat to South Korea’s “trade-dependent” economy. “Thanks to strong demand for South Korean-made electric cars, batteries and auto parts, shipments to the United States jumped 16% year-on-year in September. Those exports, which totaled some $96 billion last year, now look under threat. Big shifts today will have outsized effects on South Korea’s trade position down the road.”

 

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