Exports constitute nearly 40 percent of China’s GDP–far too high a figure. (By comparison, in the U.S., exports account for about 10 percent of GDP most years.) And the global financial slowdown is already taking a terrible toll. Some 10,000 factories in southern China’s Pearl River Delta area had closed by the summer of 2008. Gordon Chang, a leading China analyst, estimates that 20,000 more will shutter by the end of this year. In the third quarter of 2008, Beijing also reported its fifth consecutive quarterly drop in growth,
and several private research firms expect a sharper slowdown next year.
Additionally, unemployment is skyrocketing; in Wenzhou, one of the main
exporting cities, about 20 percent of workers have lost their jobs, Reuters recently reported.
Here is more. By the way, here is an article on China’s retreat from environmental concerns.
I thank Clifton Chadwick for the pointer.