Chinese Economy Can’t Win For Losing

"Weak demand!" Screamed Chinese trade figures released on Wednesday. The numbers, which were disappointing, extended a run of lackluster data out of the world's second-largest economy, where you can use whatever word you like to describe the situation as long as that word isn't "recovery" or "rebound." Shipments abroad contracted 7.5% last month, nearly four times the expected drop, Wednesday's release showed. It was the first overall decline in three months. Shipments to key locales includin

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6 thoughts on “Chinese Economy Can’t Win For Losing

  1. I think one aspect of China’s economic impact, its use of resources, while mentioned from time to time, is mostly ignored. We may not believe all the details in China’s data but “follow the money” tells us that if China is buying a resource they are using it. The idea that 60% of projected growth in oil demand is down to Chinese demand is ample evidence. When they started building 80,000 miles of roads comparable to our interstates, they were sucking up most of the world’s concrete and their buildings were doing the same with copper and other materials. The US uses between 20 and 25% of the world’s natural resources to do what we do, with a bit less than 5% of the world’s population. China has 20% of the population and wants to be as well off as the average EU country. If they get there they may well be using 30% of the world’s stuff. That won’t leave any extra. Then throw in India which will soon have more people than China. Fortunately, the per-capita income in India is only $2200 a year according to the latest info from the World Bank. Talking about how everything will be all right and all of can go to Mars anyhow is just silly. Tech isn’t going to give water to 2 Bil people who can’t get it now, today. We can’t keep growing stuff in the desert with no water. The Nord Pipeline sabotage just wiped out Europe’s surplus supply of gas. The loss of most of the flow from the Colorado River has taken the main surplus supply for the US west (think food from CA’s Central Valley). Then there is the projected loss of most of the water in the Ogallala Aquifer within the decade (a big 50,000 year deal) and there goes the corn and wheat from KA, NE, and other places (seven states in all). Malthus may not have seen the future as clearly as Nostradamus, but he certainly had a point. With all this in front of us what are our 51 governments doing? They are busy passing laws about LGBT rights and who can use which bathroom and who gets to go to their prom, banning books that tell us about our genocide of the country’s indigenous peoples and the slaves we dragged from their meager beds to be sold to people in America to do their work. I’m sorry, but this kind of stupidity just rags my rear. In my lifetime at least 50 years have been wasted by us and the rest of mankind who simply want to control others and avoid dealing with any serious problems, while we go on killing millions of us for no real reason but greed and control. It just makes me tired. If we humans were really made by God in his image, he must not be very good at his job.

    1. The culture wars you speak of are a distraction from the real issues. While the Wyoming public is rabidly debating book bans, abortion rights and hate laws, oil companies are getting approval to pump oilfield wastewater into a drinking water aquifer in a semiarid state that gets 15” of precipitation each year. Check if you aren’t too tired to read more bad news.

  2. No sympathy for Xi Jinping. The Chinese may or may not become the dominant world power we all suppose they may become. My simple guess is that, beyond just being a bully, they have never actually been here before may not know how to be a world power that’s actually dominant.

    The western economies saw opportunities to use the evolving Chinese manufacturing economy in the 80s and 90s, but in today’s world economy, China’s Xi and his politburo are jamming their thumbs in the eyes of customers, squandering their own success, by suggesting we should all accept and abide with the terms of relationship upon which they insist. They live by a communist philosophy. They’re communists who control their economy from the top down. They know what their doing. Freedom of thought, word, and action is for the birds in China.

    Xi Jinping is in an economic mess right now and one has to wonder how he will address it. I don’t believe western democracies will continue to abide. I believe the west will slowly find alternative sources of manufacturing. The most significant American company that will change its source of its manufacturing will be Apple. Foxconn noted in the Wall Street Journal in February that they will be manufacturing Apple products in Saigon, Vietnam and in India in the near future. Goodbye, China.

    Xi is overplaying his cards. No sympathy.

    1. FoxComm will be assembling products, not producing the chips which power the gizmos we all have come to depend upon.

      1. Thanks for the thought and comment. Agreed. Foxconn is doing what they do. And the best chips are still made in Taiwan. But at the same time, TSMC builds sophisticated fabs in the US and Europe. They’re moving, though slowly.

        I can’t imagine how TSMC will manage the transition. But I also can’t imagine they’d let Xi Jinping get his hands on TSMC’s Taiwan fabs. That may not speak well of my imagination. But there are a lot of variables in this matter, including the threat of US intervention. Even the mere threat can serve to enable Taiwan.

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