A slew of data releases are now pointing to a Chinese slow-down. This from the WSJ:
“After running huge trade surpluses for more than a decade, which powered growth at home and complaints abroad of unfair trading practices, China’s trade sector fell deeply into the red last month, raising questions about whether China’s economy is tailing off more rapidly than anticipated.
The weekend report of a $31.5 billion trade deficit for February was substantially larger than most analysts expected and followed a string of other disappointing economic data, including weak growth in car sales, industrial production and retail sales, and the continuation of a steep fall in property sales. The only bright economic star was that inflation slackened more rapidly than expected.”
As a result calls for more supportive policy are gaining momentum. China remains one of the few strong legs in the global economy so a persistent slow-down remains a substantial risk to the global economy….