Jan 04, 2023 10:13 AM

CX Daily: China’s Road to Economic Recovery Faces Post-Covid Speed Bumps

Economy /

Cover Story: China’s road to economic recovery faces post-Covid speed bumps

Just as the third year of the Covid-19 pandemic was drawing to a close, China’s policy pendulum finally swung from stamping out and controlling spread of the virus toward spurring economic growth, leaving everyone pondering: How will the world’s second-largest economy perform in 2023?

China in late November began abandoning most pandemic restrictions, ending the hyper-strict “zero-Covid” strategy that had taken an increasingly heavy toll on its economy and its people.

In the few short weeks since ditching the tough Covid measures, policymakers have sent clear signals that the country would be emerging from its pandemic footing and the priority is now once again fueling economic growth.

Diplomacy /

Year in Review: China recalibrates diplomacy after leadership reshuffle

All eyes were on China in 2022 as it went through a major political reshuffle during the 20th National Congress of the ruling Communist Party. It also marked the country’s return to the world stage as President Xi Jinping ventured out of the country for the first time in almost three years since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The year coincided with substantial external and internal challenges as the country entered a diplomatic vortex in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which lasted throughout the year, and continued to face technology sanctions and heightened pressure on the Taiwan issue from the U.S., all while coping with economic slowdown and public anger stemming from Covid controls.

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China manufacturing activity shrinks for fifth straight month, Caixin PMI shows

Activity in China’s manufacturing sector contracted for the fifth consecutive month in December as Covid-19 fare-ups across the country continued to weigh on both supply and demand, a Caixin-sponsored survey showed Tuesday.

The Caixin China General Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which gives an independent snapshot of the country’s manufacturing sector, came in at 49 in December, down from 49.4 the previous month and remaining below 50 for five months in a row. Readings lower than 50 signal contraction.

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China-Singapore /

China and Singapore widen investor access to each other’s stock markets

China and Singapore widened investor access to each other’s stock markets through exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as another two such funds listed Friday.

The listings mark the latest effort by both Asian countries to deepen financial cooperation.

The two funds, part of the ETF link between the Singapore Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, have combined assets under management of more than S$270 million ($201 million), the Singapore bourse said Friday in a press release.

Ant /

Ant Group’s lending unit gets approval for $1.2 billion capital boost

Ant Group Co. Ltd.’s online lending subsidiary won the go-ahead from regulators to boost its registered capital by 10.5 billion yuan ($1.2 billion), marking a key step forward in the fintech giant’s government-driven, year-long revamp.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission’s (CBIRC) branch in Chongqing said Friday that it approved Chongqing Ant Consumer Finance Co. Ltd. to expand its registered capital to 18.5 billion yuan from 8 billion yuan. Ant Group set up the subsidiary in 2021 to operate its online lending business.

Quick hits /

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Property /

Year in Review: China’s property market at a turning point

For 20 years, the real estate sector was a major driver of China’s economic growth. But in 2022 it became a drag amid an unprecedented crisis in credit, confidence and liquidity.

In the first three quarters, the industry took an estimated 0.39 of a percentage point off GDP growth, compared with an average annual contribution of 0.48 of a percentage point over the past 10 years, according to data from iFinD, a financial information provider.

The government eased property policies on both the supply and demand side last year to prevent contagion risks in the hope that the market will rebound as it has in past business cycles.

Tourism /

Out-of-town trips make a New Year’s comeback in China

More of China’s domestic travelers took trips out of town during the past New Year holiday than in 2022, industry data show, illustrating the impact that the end of the “zero-Covid” policy has had on tourism in the country.

About 60% of users of online travel agency chose to travel to another provincial-level region during the three-day weekend that ended Monday, up from 40% last year, company data show. Data from another online travel agency,, showed that holiday travelers made 67.6% of their hotel bookings in a different city, up from 51.3% in 2022.

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