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    China GDP Claims Don’t Matter

    China’s State Statistical Bureau (SSB) announced second-quarter real gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 7.5 percent and first-half real GDP at 7.6 percent. High or low, whether it meets the official target or not, no one should care. GDP is a poor indicator of economic health—anywhere. It is especially poor … More

    China’s NPC: Don’t Jump the Gun on News of Economic Reform

    The annual meetings of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) start March 5. This year is more important than most: The new Communist Party leadership introduced at last fall’s Party Congress receive their government positions. We all know the top slot (president), and we are all but certain of the #2 … More

    How the Party Says China's Economy Is Doing

    Those interested in whether China tells the truth about its economy should hold tightly to one fact: The State Statistical Bureau publishes what the Communist Party allows it to publish. That the entire government is a tool of the Party is the foundation of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) … More

    Between the Lines in China

    There is a lot going on in China today, this week, this month, this year. There’s internal Chinese politics. There’s U.S.–China politics. There’s concern about the Chinese economy. There are hints of possible economic reform. Amid all the shouting, something is happening low on the radar that could turn out … More