Why a Desperate China Is Falling Back on Australian Coal

Chance? Possibly, at least timing wise. Connected? Surely.

For a country geared to deliver results predetermined by its rulers rather than a reflection of actual performance, China’s growth figures last week surprised global investors and economists.

After Beijing insisted for months that its economic targets would be met, Friday’s figures showed that China’s economy turned sharply in the June quarter.

In any open democracy, that wouldn’t have come as a shock. Large parts of the country have been forcibly locked down for months as Beijing continues to adhere to its strict COVID-19 elimination policy.

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