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2023 China Economy – temperature check

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Hello, at the start of the Chinese New Year, we released a number of indications we could use to determine how the Chinese economy would fare in 2023. You can catch that below if you missed it.

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Since then there has been considerable international debate around whether or not China can come back and how realistic, achievable – or not – the Governments economic targets really are. Today we take a quick temperature check using a number of indications.

However, before we get into the serious stuff, let’s also take a light hearted look at some “alternative” indications of the Chinese economy.

1/ early morning wake up calls from the reverse thrust of jet engines indicates international air travellers are increasing into Beijing.

2/ Real estate agents are sticking up their promotion sandwich boards on the pavement. Clearly expecting and uptick in house sales.

3/ Air pollution has increased compared to the past 3 years as factories are gearing back up for full production and full staffing.

Ok, the following are excerpts taken from local media which seem to point to an increase in several of China’s key sectors.

Belt and Road Countries Drive China’s Surprise Rebound in Exports

China’s surprise double-digit export growth last month was largely due to a surge in demand from Southeast Asia and other participants of the Belt and Road Initiative, official data shows. Trade in goods between China and other Belt and Road countries surged 16.8% year-on-year to 3.43 trillion yuan ($500.5 billion) in the first quarter.
Source: Caixin Premium

China’s Car Exports Jump Nearly 60% in First Quarter on NEV Shipments

China’s automobile exports surged nearly 60% in the first quarter of this year, customs data showed, largely driven by strong growth of electric vehicle shipments. In the first three months of 2023, China exported 1.07 million vehicles, a 58.3% increase from the same period last year, while the value of the shipments increased 96.6% to 147.5 billion yuan ($21.5 billion) Source: Caixin Premium

This seems to be confirmed by China Daily:

China’s auto sales up 9.7% in March

BYD’s electric models attract visitors at a new energy auto expo in Beijing. [Photo by A QING / FOR CHINA DAILY]

China’s auto sales expanded 9.7 percent year-on-year to about 2.45 million units in March. According to data, auto sales in the first quarter of the year totaled 6.08 million units, down 6.7 percent year-on-year. In March, the automobile output in China reached 2.58 million units, increasing by 15.3 percent year-on-year.
Source: China Daily

China’s aviation industry picks up pace of recovery

China’s civil aviation industry is picking up the pace of recovery since the country dropped Covid-19 restrictions late last year. Domestic services bounced back to 80% of pre-pandemic levels, but the resumption of international flights has lagged behind. During the first three months of 2023, Chinese airlines operated 1.06 million passenger flights, up 42.4% from the previous year and equivalent to 82.5% of the number in 2019 before the pandemic.
Source: Caixin Premium

China’s 2023 growth to outpace most major economies: Credit Suisse

In this 4 and a bit minute vid, Janice Hu, China CEO of Credit Suisse talks about the China economy – as sees it. Includes some nice drone aerial footage of Beijing and Shanghai cities. Worth a watch.
Please click in image to play – WARNING: Sound is ON.

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China consumer confidence gets boost as economy recovers

As China’s economy recovers, Chinese consumers grow more willing to spend. Retail sales for consumer goods went up in Jan-Feb this year and sales revenue of consumption-related industries rose 12.2 percent year-on-year during the 2023 Spring Festival.

This short 90 second vid condenses the vital stats

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Shanghai Fashion Week sees increase in audience, buyer numbers

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The turnout at the recently concluded 2023 Autumn/Winter Shanghai Fashion Week indicates that the fashion industry is already recovering following the COVID-19 pandemic. Audience members increased by 59 % while the number of buyers rose 49.8% compared to the previous season.

Finally -just in case you missed it:

Canton Fair to be held offline for first time in 3 years since start of pandemic

The 133rd China Import and Export Fair, also known as Canton Fair, will open in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Saturday and run until May 5. [Photo/VCG]

The 133rd China Import and Export Fair, also known as Canton Fair, opened on Saturday and runs until May 5. Traders from more than 220 countries and regions are expected to attend.

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