Headline RoundupAugust 9th, 2023

China Faces Deflation, Raising Concerns for World Economy

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Falling prices, slowing GDP growth, and a host of other economic problems in China have led observers to raise concerns for the global economy. 

The Details: With inflation rates dropping worldwide, consumer prices in China deflated in July as consumers and businesses spent less. Additionally, China’s GDP growth in the second quarter of 2023 was 6.3%, lower than the expected 7%. The country’s unemployment rate for ages 16–24 hit a record 21.3% in June, as young people throughout Asia spurn low-wage factory jobs. Furthermore, local government debt and a struggling real estate market have added to the economic uncertainty.

Global Implications: China’s economy has reportedly been bad for Western businesses; along with struggles to find labor, stricter enforcement of data and spying laws has reportedly scared some foreign companies. The news also comes amid a geopolitical struggle over semiconductors and other technologies; this week, U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order restricting some U.S. technology investments in China.

How the Media Covered It: Coverage appeared to be less common among right-rated outlets, which instead focused on stories framing China as opposed to the U.S. Coverage in business and global outlets, generally rated Center or Lean Left, were most likely to cover China’s deflation. Descriptions of China's troubles varied; while The Wall Street Journal (Center bias) warned of “a potentially dangerous” new economic phase, The Guardian (Lean Left bias) said, “fears of sustained deflation are premature.”

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