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In Depth: China’s Battle to Stabilize Its Economy

By Yu Hairong and Zhang Yukun
2022年03月30日 17:44
Alarming Covid outbreaks, surging commodity prices and the triple pressures of shrinking demand, disrupted supply and weakening expectations all threaten Beijing’s 2022 growth target
Workers install glass curtain walls at the construction site of Haikou International Duty-Free City project in Haikou, South China's Hainan province, on Feb. 24, 2022. Photo: VCG

China’s efforts to stabilize economic growth are running into new speed bumps, upsetting an already fragile recovery.

The current wave of Covid-19 outbreaks — the worst since early 2020 — has infected more than 50,000 people across the country, and measures to contain the spread of the virus have led to city lockdowns, halted some factory production and squeezed the tourism and catering industries. The impact on China’s GDP growth in the first quarter could be a loss of 0.3 to 0.8 percentage points, some analysts said.

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