China betting on private industry to boost economy

Beijing has committed to exert maximum effort in 2019 to revive its Covid-damaged economy by increasing spending and relaxing regulations on private sector businesses, especially the failing tech and real estate industries. The new vow represents a significant departure from leader Xi Jinping’s long-term efforts to restrain private firms, which were seen as being “disorderly” and excessively strong.

The second-largest economy in the world has many difficulties. Infections with Covid are on the rise in China after authorities suddenly relaxed their tight Covid regulation earlier this month. At the same time, a decline in worldwide demand has impacted its exports.

According to an official statement released after the conclusion of the CEWC, a significant annual summit of top leaders, which finished on Friday, stabilizing the economy is the top goal for 2023.

Workers at a facility in Fuyang, in the eastern province of Anhui, China, assemble speakers on a production line. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

The comments were made immediately after a plethora of economic data revealed a sharp decline in company activity in November. In 2022, economists predict growth of 2.8% to 3.2%, one of the weakest rates since 1976, when the death of leader Mao Zedong put an end to a decade of social and economic unrest.

The statements made by China’s senior leaders are a clear indication that the government will loosen its tight control over the country’s private sector, which has previously been a significant engine of investment, consumption, and employment growth.

China’s job sector has been severely impacted by government regulations and regulatory crackdowns, with youth jobless rates reaching record highs this year.

Technological Advancement

Under Xi Jinping’s “shared prosperity” initiative, the government has started a regulatory assault on industries like e-commerce, real estate, and education since late 2020. Days after Jack Ma delivered a contentious speech in which he lambasted China’s banking laws for hindering innovation, regulators pulled the trigger on the crackdown in October of that year.

A liquidity crisis spread throughout the sector as a result of the crackdown on overborrowing, which caused some well-known developers to default on their obligations. The real estate collapse, which contributed up to 30% of the GDP, led to widespread and unusual middle class discontent.

But after seizing control in October, Xi made an effort to calm the Chinese economy.

Beijing unveiled a comprehensive plan to revive the real estate industry. China began the process of eliminating three years of harsh lockdowns and quarantines earlier this month. These measures had disrupted supply chains and severely hurt consumer and corporate activities.

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