China's Great Economic Slowdown
The Chinese economy was forecast to recover at pace in the aftermath of the pandemic: however, it hasn't. Troubles in the property sector, to the extent that property prices are falling in some parts of China, the affect of this on consumer confidence and spending, and high levels of local government debt have all played a part.
In contrast, this Observer article looks at how China is starting to make its presence felt in the electric car market, not just in terms of sales but also in terms of dominating the supply chain, notably with regard to electric car batteries and the manufacturer, BYD, taking a leading role.
It also highlights how China is seeking strategic partnerships, such as with mineral rich economies such as Chile.
Is China at risk of experiencing a period of price deflation with many of the attendant risks?