Two tidbits that caught my attention:
China's steel-makers are apparently cutting back their production quite sharply once again, as recent production increases have led to a massive surge in inventories.
China's "fiscal revenue" is down 11 % yoy for Jan/Feb. Local government revenue was stable, but the central government's revenue dropped by 20 %. Total tax revenue was down 13 %, of which "business tax" revenue was down 5 %. "Business profits" from SoEs were also down (the extent of their drop was unspecified, but considering that taxes and total revenues dropped by a similar amount, business profits were also in the same ballpark). That's quite a drop for a country used to nominal growth of 10-15 %. Though as usual, one shouldn't read too much into a mere two-month-period.
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