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EUCCC: EU Companies in China Experiencing Commitment Fatigue

Primary Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency (CNA) recently reported that Jens Eskelund, chairman of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), said that China’s efforts to revitalize the private economy are insufficient and that Chinese officials have been unwilling to seriously discuss how to solve the country’s core economic problems. He also said that EU companies in China are experiencing “commitment fatigue” and are are beginning to doubt whether the Chinese government will enact meaningful economic support policies.

Eskelund said that the EUCCC has yet to see signs that the Chinese government is willing to implement structural reforms to address the fundamental challenges facing the Chinese economy, thus preventing foreign private companies from realizing their potential to support the Chinese economy. He mentioned that the Chamber of Commerce has met with Chinese government officials many times since the Chinese government relaxed its strict Zero-Covid measures, but these officials have not been willing to seriously discuss how to solve the country’s core problems.

China’s overall economy is weak, and the manufacturing and service industries are shrinking. The Chinese government has issued multiple documents in the past month promising to revitalize the country’s private sector. Chinese officials have thus far refrained from enacting large-scale monetary and fiscal stimulus measures, however, instead using relatively modest measures to boost consumption.

Source: CNA, August 5, 2023