CNBC’s Eunice Yoon Exposes How Beijing Is Shaping The Narrative To Boost Markets & Save China’s Economy

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 02/12/2020


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Update (0955ET): CNBC’s Eunice Yoon, one of the most reliable western journalists covering the coronavirus outbreak from Beijing, just perfectly summed up the current state of things in China, as the regime projects a message of optimism to appease markets and investors…while many remain skeptical of China’s numbers.

Late last night, Reuters reported on remarks from an influential economist at a top regime-controlled think tank. Cai Fang, the vice head of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, insisted in a column published in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s main newspaper, that the impact of the virus-inspired lockdown would be a “one off”, and that China’s economy will quickly recover and meet the government’s growth goals for the year.

Everybody knows China’s economic data are ruthlessly goalseeked, so we suspect that these remarks will prove a self-fulfilling prophecy.

And don’t forget – as Reuters reminds us – this year is critical for the Communist Party to fulfill its goal of doubling GDP in the ten years to 2020. They’re just about on track, but a pullback now could ruin the whole enterprise and make them look weak. Which is why we suspect the data will be as doctored as it can reasonably be without it being immediately dismissed as unreliable.

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