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How Do Job Cutbacks in China Relate to Your Investments?
China has been the economic miracle of the world for decades. From Nixon’s visit in 1972 to its entry into the World Trade Organization to the current day, China has not had a negative growth year since 1978 and has average a 10% GDP growth rate. At the same time North American and Europe are ecstatic with an occasional 5% growth rate and typically languish in the 2% to 3% range. But, things are not all well in the Land of Managed Capitalism (by the Communist Party). Debt is rising and there is a potential for a long term trade war with the USA. Meanwhile, small and medium-sized businesses are laying off workers in China. For many of us, China seems to be a long way away. So, how do job cutbacks in China relate to your investments?
Small and Medium-sized Business Downsizing in China
The South China Morning Post is beginning a series about the China economy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on January 21 that the Communist Party needed to pay particular attention to the risks to social stability from rising economic problems, as evidence increasingly suggests that the nation’s employment situation is deteriorating rapidly, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses.
An important aspect of this situation in China is that the prospect of a significant economic downturn is not just that there could be a recession or even an “economic hard landing” but that it could lead to significant social unrest. The article goes on to give examples of companies that have reduced their labor forces by more than 75%! The end result is survival, not repayment of debts or prosperity.