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China the monster.
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On the other hand, what better opportunity to send heretics off into isolation?



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On 05 March, some 3,000 delegates from all corners of the country are supposed to assemble at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to kick off 10 days of meetings. It's the sort of mass gathering that, if it were anything else, would have been already cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Since late January, sports and cultural events across China have been scuttled. Cinemas are closed, schools are shut, and the gates of theme parks are locked, such is the aversion to allowing group gatherings while COVID-19 continues to spread. Most restaurants and bars in major cities haven't reopened.

But plans for the National People's Congress, a huge meeting often dubbed abroad as China's rubber-stamp parliament, remain underway.

"Cancelling it hasn't happened since the Cultural Revolution," Chinese University of Hong Kong's political analyst Willy Lam said. "I think at this stage, the possibility of cancellation is big, because there's not only the risk of spreading the infection, but also if the deputies [delegates] were together in Beijing, they may post hostile and embarrassing questions to the top officials about the outbreak."
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-13/with...ilemma/11960724

This could be a blow to prestige, to the "authority" and the Junta's claims to legitimacy



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Really strong interview by Kyle Bass of Robert Spalding, who was defence attache at the US Embassy in Beijing and who has penned a book on his assessment of China and the Chinese Communist Party.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl5279dWqGs

I consider Scott Morrision to be a fool, and his defence of Gladys Liu by claiming any examination of her activites to be "racist" and offensive to 1.4b Chinese and over a million ethnic chinese Australians only confirmed that to me. His response was a word perfect rendition of the CCP's main diversionary tactic.

(h/t to Timmeh at MB)



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China — or, rather, the Chinese regime — is in trouble. Tuesday's gigantic parade in Beijing to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic looked like something out of the late Brezhnev era: endless military pomp and grey old men. Hong Kong is in its fourth straight month of protests, marked and stained by this week's shooting of a teenage demonstrator. The Chinese economy is growing at its slowest rate in 27 years, even when going by the overstated official figures.

Meantime, capital is fleeing China — an estimated $US1.2 trillion ($1.8 trillion) in the past decade — while foreign investors sour on Chinese markets. Beijing's loudly touted Belt and Road Initiative looks increasingly like a swamp of corruption, malinvestment and bad debt. Its retaliatory options in the face of Donald Trump's trade war are bad and few.

And General Secretary Xi Jinping has created a cult-of-personality dictatorship in a style unseen since Mao Zedong, China's last disastrous emperor
- Brett Stephens; New York Times

... put that way, is it a lumbering beast, prone to collapse? That would have to be the US wish, though any such reversal won't be silo'ed. Messiness; almost guaranteed,



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Prez Xi must be happy with the 70th.

USSR fell apart at 69. (Officially 1922 to 1991; though the 1917 revolution(s) was the start and it was all over by 1989)



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In the second quarter of this year, official Chinese data showed economic growth of 6.2 per cent, close to Beijing’s target and within a percentage point of what it has reported every quarter for the past four and a half years.

A few months earlier, satellites monitoring Chinese industrial hubs suggested parts of the world’s largest trading economy were contracting. An index of Chinese industrial production created by a multinational manufacturer was pointing to lower growth than official figures. And a web-search index used to gauge how many workers return to their jobs after the Lunar New Year holidays was down sharply from a year earlier.

Beneath China’s stable headline economic numbers, there is a growing belief among economists, companies and investors around the world that the real picture is worse than the official data. That has analysts and researchers crunching an array of alternative data -- from energy consumption to photos taken from space -- for a more accurate reading.

Their conclusion: China’s economy isn’t tanking, but it is almost certainly weaker than advertised. Some economists who have dissected China’s GDP numbers say more accurate figures could be up to 3 percentage points lower, based on their analysis of corporate profits, tax revenue, rail freight, property sales and other measures of activity that they believe are harder for the government to fudge.

China, whose GDP topped $US13 trillion last year, is still growing, and the alternative data points to that. It indicates the deceleration is happening in areas such as manufacturing. In many cases, alternative indicators have previewed the path of official data and show the depth of the challenges Chinese authorities face....
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https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/t...d7a7c76e55bbf63



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"So many manufacturers are moving out of China at breakneck speed. You don't see it in the China-reported GDP growth numbers yet. I suspect that sooner or later it will be visible”

Magnus Nicolin, CEO, Ansell Ltd




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Debt... The bigger monster

https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world/china-...enya/ar-AAEA94x



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nip - as was pointed out on macrobusiness this would be more of a Bear Stearns moment than a Lehman moment. Just as the US government bailed out Bear Stearns the Chinese have bailed out Baoshang Bank. The Lehman moment broke the dam wall because the authorities refused to bail them out causing a massive systemic shock.

I like how they said that Baoshang Bank had been reporting non-performing loans at only 2% until the muck hit the fan.


Anecdote time: Many years ago I had a meeting with the boss of a second tier Chinese financial entity who insisted that they had absolutely no non-performing loans. Knowing that his firm was based in a part of China that just had a real estate bust I quizzed him on the claim but he refused to budge. Afterwards one of the locals explained to me that if the financial entity did not insist that borrowers pay them back then the loans would not be classed as non-performing even if no repayments had been made. Moreover the rumour was that this financial entity had close working relationships with associates of the PLA and the provincial government so it had virtually an unlimited source of funds (from the provincial government) and had no wish to offend the PLA associates by asking them to repay the loans. No doubt China has tightened up a lot since then but I suspect that a lot of these financial entities would fold the moment various Chinese governments withheld their backing for them.



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A Lehman moment?

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Key points:
- China's central bank has pumped $125b into the financial system following the collapse of the Baoshang Bank

- The collapse triggered the first ever intrabank default in China, strangling credit to small banks and driving up borrowing costs

- There are fears the tighter credit conditions will further hit a slowing Chinese economy

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-28/b...ection=business



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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
 


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