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China’s housing bubble starts to deflate

But now, the bubble is starting to deflate, as the zero-Covid policy cripples the economy. GDP grew just 0.4% in Q2. Beijing is issuing record amount of debt, but confidence has gone. Prices for unsold apartments are being discounted. And developers’ cashflow is being hit by mortgage strikes for unfinished apartments.

“Things get to a point where you have to do the right thing”, Lord McDonald, former head of the UK Foreign Office

The election’s timing could hardly be worse, with Johnson now just a caretaker premier. Russia is threatening food and energy security by cutting fertiliser and gas supplies. The UK should be working very closely with the EU on these critical issues. But instead, we may well see candidates attack the Protocol and the EU to win constituency support.   

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