China Halts Youth Jobs Data, Stoking Transparency Concerns
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August 15 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

China Halts Youth Jobs Data, Stoking Transparency Concerns

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest. Here is a section:

The move is the latest example of how President Xi Jinping’s government is limiting access to information in order to more closely guard data it deems sensitive and manage the narrative about the weakening economy.

China has over the past year limited access to corporate data, court documents, academic journals and raided expert networks serving businesses, hampering investors’ ability to assess the economy. Officials have also been downplaying economic risks like deflation, with some Chinese-based analysts saying they were instructed by regulators and their companies not to discuss the matter publicly.

Eoin Treacy's view

When everything is going well the opacity of data is ignored. There have been doubts about the accuracy of China’s data for decades, so it is hardly surprising they have given up on printing data which does not gel with the official position. It is being viewed as a negative today because the problems are deep and the response is not what investors have come to expect. Cutting interest rates has only confirmed the depth of the issues facing the Chinese property/infrastructure sectors.

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