Storyboard

Inside China’s dwindling power

After years of growth — economically, culturally, and politically — the superpower is heading into a period of stagnation. Its economy is shriveling, taking the future Beijing imagined down with it. The clearest sign of China’s diminishment is its struggle with deflation: As Americans worry about inflation, Chinese policymakers are stressing over falling prices. It’s a sign of changing times — and what Beijing chooses to do next will shape the course of humanity.

Avatar - Business Insider
Curated by
Business Insider
    • China
    • Finance
    • Business
    • Real Estate
    • Investing
Inside China’s dwindling power
Continue to read
12 stories in this Storyboard

    A SHRINKING ECONOMY

    On the surface, the world's second-largest economy seemed reasonably healthy last year. Under the hood, however, cracks are beginning to show — and China is picking up the pace at which it's trying to turn its economy around.

    China's rapidly dwindling future will shape the world for decades to come

    China's rapidly dwindling future will shape the world for decades to come

    A REAL ESTATE CRISIS

    A Hong Kong court ordered the liquidation of China Evergrande, the world's most indebted property developer. There are concerns about how the fallout will affect the broader market, since the property sector contributes to about one-quarter of China's GDP.

    A DECLINING POPULATION

    China's population fell for the second consecutive year as the birth rate reached a record low. That's bad news for the world's second-largest economy.

    China is facing a brutal reality as it desperately tries to fix its population-decline problem

    China is facing a brutal reality as it desperately tries to fix its population-decline problem

    Data from the country's National Bureau of Statistics showed that China's population declined by 2 million people in 2023, while the birth rate fell from 6.77 births to 6.39 births per 1,000 people — a record low.

    CHINA’S MILITARY STRENGTH

    A new survey of leading experts from the US and Taiwan casts doubt on China's ability to invade Taiwan with its current military strength.

Related articles

More stories from China