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China Manufacturing Begins to Rebound as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

According to an official poll issued Tuesday, Manufacturing in China began to rebound in May after the country removed coronavirus lockdowns that had shut down China’s richest and most populated metropolis, Shanghai, as well as other industrial sectors. On a 100-point scale, the National Bureau of Statistics’ Purchasing Managers’ Index for China’s Manufacturing industry increased from 47.4 percent in April to 49.6 percent this month. Numbers below 50 indicate a decrease in activity.

During the month of May, new orders, exports, and employment all improved. After the authorities declared COVID-19 outbreaks under control, more companies in Shanghai were permitted to reopen this week. Other industrial centres, including as Shenzhen and Changchun, were forced to close this spring owing to the coronavirus, which hampered industry and commerce in the cities.

China Manufacturing Begins to Rebound as COVID-19 Restrictions EaseIn a study, Capital Economics’ Sheana Yue claimed that “activity has started to rise as containment restrictions were pulled back,” but that the recovery “is expected to remain moderate despite poor external demand and labour market difficulties.” On Tuesday, Asia-Pacific stocks were neutral as investors awaited market response to the official Chinese Manufacturing activity data for May. Oil prices have risen as a result of EU leaders agreeing to ban 90% of Russian petroleum.

The Shanghai Composite gained 1.19 percent to 3,186.43 on the day, while the Shenzhen Component gained 1.922 percent to 11,527.62. As of the last hour of trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was up 0.89 percent.

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