China’s official unemployment rate has been poorly reported as does not take into account nearly 300 million migrant workers, according to Liu Kaiming, head of the Shenzhen-based Institute of Contemporary Observation. Illustration: Perry Tse

China’s small businesses forced to cut back on staff just to survive as economic mood sours amid trade war

  • President Xi Jinping warned in January about a need to pay particular attention to the risks to social stability during the current economic slowdown
  • China’s mood had changed very quickly from a rapid expansion of consumer spending last year to a cautious ‘consumption downgrade’
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China’s official unemployment rate has been poorly reported as does not take into account nearly 300 million migrant workers, according to Liu Kaiming, head of the Shenzhen-based Institute of Contemporary Observation. Illustration: Perry Tse
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He Huifeng

He Huifeng

He Huifeng is an award-winning journalist and has been focusing on mainland news reporting since 2001 for several overseas media. She has gained an in-depth knowledge of political, economic and social issues on the mainland through years of close observation, which has given her a love for journalism in the field.