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Post-COVID China: Will the Economy Bump or Slump?

Thought Leader: Peter Zeihan
June 12, 2023

As countries across the globe peeled back COVID restrictions, many of those economies saw huge (and much-needed) bumps. With China approaching six months since lifting its lockdown, the question on everyone’s mind is why hasn’t the world’s second-largest economy seen an economic bump?

I won’t hold my breath, and the Chinese shouldn’t, either. There is simply too much going on in the Chinese system for reopening to fix everything magically. Between countries pulling their manufacturing needs from China in favor of reshoring, a growing anti-China sentiment, and a terminal demographic situation…China isn’t looking so hot.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that China isn’t going to be getting a post-COVID bump. In all likelihood, they are probably going to experience an economic slump.

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