Asia Braces for Challenges: China’s sluggish economic recovery poses concerns

Asia would recover from the global pandemic and severe COVID Zero limitations in 2022, easing China’s economic fall this year.

In the realm of economic aspirations, China soars higher than its East Asian counterparts, like Taiwan and Japan, whose growth targets oscillate between a modest 2% and 3%. 

However, China’s ambitions fall short when compared to the soaring trajectories of Vietnam and India, which are poised to experience remarkable growth rates exceeding 6% this year, as stated by the Asian Development Bank.

Alas, China finds itself navigating through a labyrinth of trials this year, encompassing scarce domestic and foreign investments, as well as a dwindling appetite for its exports due to a global economic downturn.

The month of May revealed gloomy economic signs, with indicators like industrial production and retail sales exhibiting lackluster performances, as disclosed by China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Furthermore, this august institution sounded the alarm on macroeconomic challenges, notably highlighting a disconcerting youth unemployment rate surpassing 20%.

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Manufacturers are still Grappling with 2022 COVID Zero Regulations


NBS data shows a reversal in fortunes from earlier in the year, with exports falling 7.5% and imports down 4.5% in May.

Beijing is so worried about the economy that it slashed interest rates this month to spur more spending and keep the economy growing.

China is experiencing deflationary pressure as a result of a decline in worldwide demand for its commodities, in contrast to countries like the United States and Europe, which are dealing with inflation. Beijing can no longer rely on its pandemic strategy of exporting itself out of a pandemic, as both export and wholesale prices have fallen.

Gavekal Dragonomics reports that manufacturers are still dealing with the aftereffects of 2022 COVID Zero limitations and the Shanghai lockdown on their supply chains.

Deputy China researcher at Gavekal Dragonomics Christopher Beddor noted that consumption rather than exports, real estate, or construction has been the primary driver of China’s growth in 2023.

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