‘It’s really bad’: China strategist warns of deflation and rock-bottom consumer confidence


BEIJNG, CHINA – NOVEMBER 13: Illuminated skyscrapers stand at the central business district at sunset on November 13, 2023 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Gao Zehong/VCG via Getty Images)

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Deflation may soon start biting into Chinese growth, as Beijing looks at another three to six months of a “very painful economy,” according to one analyst who covers the country.

“This is something investors need to be cautious of. The economy here is bad, it’s pretty … it’s really bad. I’ve been in China for 27 years, and this is probably the lowest confidence I’ve ever seen,” Shaun Rein, founder of the China Market Research Group, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.



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