Understanding the China Slowdown

The April numbers were terrible—and state spending is on the rise

A sure sign of Chinese concern about their economy is the flurry of announcements about growth. China must give “more priority to maintaining growth,” Premier Wen Jiabao said on May 20. “Key infrastructure projects” will be sped up, the State Council announced on May 23. “China is making all-out efforts to encourage private investment,” reported the official Xinhua News Agency on May 28.

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