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China’s Stimulus Tops $5 Trillion as Covid Zero Hits Economy

  • Bloomberg’s calculation is based on monetary, fiscal measures
  • Stimulus is smaller than in 2020, when the pandemic first hit
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WATCH: Chinese banks cut a key interest rate for long-term loans by a record amount Enda Curran reports.Source: Bloomberg
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China’s plans to bolster growth as Covid outbreaks and lockdowns crush activity will see a whopping $5.3 trillion pumped into its economy this year.

The figure -- based on Bloomberg’s calculation of monetary and fiscal measures announced so far -- equates to roughly a third of China’s $17 trillion economy, but is actually smaller than the stimulus in 2020 when the pandemic first hit. That suggests even more could be spent if the economy fails to pick up from its current funk -- a possibility raised by Premier Li Keqiang earlier this week.