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Below is a list of our China+ Publications for the last 6 months. If you are looking for reports older than 6 months please email info@pantheonmacro.com, or contact your account rep

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2 Dec 2022 China+ Monitor Northeast Asian Economies Stutter, as Demand Fades

Winter has arrived for the northeast Asian economies, hit by faltering domestic and global demand.

Korean exports declined sharply in November, with dramatic drops in shipments to China and Japan.

Manufacturing PMIs show a broad, synchronised cooling in China, Japan and Korea.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

1 Dec 2022 China+ Monitor China Seeks Covid Exit Path, as PMIs Show Mounting Pressure

China’s PMIs for November show mounting economic pressure as Covid cases surge.

Supply-chain issues are nowhere near as bad as Q2, as local governments seek to target restrictions.

The services sector is suffering most from pandemic restrictions, though even construction is slowing.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

25 Nov 2022 China+ Monitor The BoK is Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The BoK hiked the policy rate by only 25 basis points, concerned about growth as well as inflation. 

Governor Rhee would not give a timeline for rate cuts, even as the Bank cut its 2023 growth outlook. 

Japan’s flash PMIs for November indicated a continued economic downturn, after the Q3 GDP fall. 

Duncan WrigleyChina+

1 Nov 2022 China+ Monitor Covid Restrictions During the Congress Period Drag Down PMIs

  • The October official manufacturing PMI fell, reflecting the impact of Covid restrictions...
  • ...But services firms are optimistic about future business, despite current troubles.
  • Construction firms expect stronger infrastructure demand to offset weak property development.

Duncan WrigleyChina+

7 Oct 2022 China+ Monitor Slower Global Growth has its Positives when Inflation is a Worry

  • The September PMIs confirmed that global growth, and trade, are slowing, or even falling.
  • The good news is that inflationary pressures are also fading, as weaker demand eases supply constraints.
  • Japan’s domestic economy saw a healthy bounce in September, after a spike in Covid cases in August.

Craig BothamChina+

27 Sept 2022 China+ Monitor An Unsustainable Rebound for Japanese Growth in September

  • Japan learns to live with Covid, but must still contend with slower global growth, and bad weather.
  • The renminbi is tumbling, along with every other currency, but capital flight risks compel PBoC action.
  • Rumours of a coup in China are based on a rogue Twitter account, and should be discounted.

Craig BothamChina+

6 Sept 2022 China+ Monitor Zero-Covid is Weighing on Chinese Growth Once Again

  • China’s Caixin Services PMI confirmed a loss of
    economic momentum in August.
  • Zero-Covid measures are tightening again, and no significant easing is likely in the next two months.
  • The PBoC is fighting to defend the renminbi, which further limits its ability to help the economy.

Craig BothamChina+

2 Sept 2022 China+ Monitor A Cold Autumn, and Colder Winter, Looms for Global Exporters

  • Korean export growth slowed again in August, and was worse than the headline...
  • ...coupled with downbeat regional manufacturing PMIs, the outlook for global trade is bleak.
  • Inflationary pressures are at least receding, along with demand, bringing a measure of relief.

Craig BothamChina+

1 Sept 2022 China+ Monitor China's Economy Probably Slowed Further in August, Say the PMIs

  • Official survey data point to falling output from China’s factories, and slower services activity.
  • Construction activity also apparently is faltering, suggesting infrastructure stimulus is waning.
  • The National Congress is coming in October; President Xi, and zero-Covid, are going nowhere.

Craig BothamChina+

24 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor The Global Slowdown is Catching Up with Japan

Japanese manufacturing and services both slowed this month, according to the flash PMI surveys.

Fading global demand is taking its toll on Japanese manufacturing, after a short hiatus.

Covid is the main headwind for the services sector, but not the only one, so any revival will be brief.

Craig BothamChina+

11 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor Food Alone Pushes Inflation Higher, and Disinflation Awaits for China

Chinese CPI inflation has reached a two-year high, but is still below target, and set to cool.

PPI inflation continues to fall on base effects and lower energy and industrial commodity prices.

China will be a source of disinflation, and even deflation, over the next twelve months.

Craig BothamChina+

4 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor Supply-Side Stresses are Fading, Bringing Hope of Disinflation

Supply chains are recovering, with delivery times and shipping costs improving in East Asia.

Lower raw material costs are reducing cost-push  inflation, and should feed through to output prices.

The main supply-side risks now are political, as China retaliates for Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwanese trip.

Craig BothamChina+

2 Aug 2022 China+ Monitor Reality Reasserts Itself in China, as the Reopening Rebound Fades

China’s PMIs fell in July, reversing the June bounce, as the gains from reopening were exhausted.

Other sources of demand are few and far between, with stimulus efforts limited in scope and ambition...

...and global demand on the wane amidst multiple headwinds, as clearly shown by Korean export data.

Craig BothamChina+

25 July 2022 China+ Monitor Japanese Growth Flags Again, Thanks to Resurgent Covid Cases

Japan had been recovering reasonably well from its Omicron wave, but a new outbreak now looms.

Growth is already under pressure, even before official restrictions are rolled out.

Inflation looks manageable, especially with demand pressures now waning.

Craig BothamChina+

4 July 2022 Global Trade is Slowing, Creating Another Headwind for China

The Caixin manufacturing PMI confirmed a healthy rebound for China in June.

Domestic demand, however, remains weak, and data from Korea suggest external demand is fading.

Japanese inflation surprised to the downside in June, reinforcing the BoJ’s dovish position.

Craig BothamChina+

1 July 2022 A Proper Reopening Bounce for China in June

Chinese activity continued its reopening recovery in June, particularly outside manufacturing.

The surveys point to month-on-month growth, but not enough to save GDP from a quarterly decline.

More stimulus is needed to sustain this bounce, with households and SMEs still under pressure.

Craig BothamChina+

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