Despite the challenges, there are still bright spots in China’s present and future, such as renewable energy. Chinese electric vehicles are predicted to take up a quarter of European sales this year. Data from March showed factory activity recovering, and Citi analysts upgraded their forecast for China’s economy to grow 5% this year. However, these positive developments may not be enough to prevent a worrying slowdown in China.

The extraordinary zero years of Covid have not provided much help and the widely expected post-Covid recovery has not yet fully materialized. Consumer and business confidence in China is currently at an all-time low. Last summer, before the Communist Party stopped publishing figures, over a fifth of young Chinese were unemployed. During a business summit held in Shanghai earlier this year, the only bullish investors – Chinese or international – were those with stakes in electric cars.

Despite the challenges, there are concerns that China may never escape the middle-income trap, raising questions about the Communist Party’s mandate to rule. China’s slowing growth has prompted the country to return to the negotiating table, as then-Foreign Secretary James Cleverley told the Conservative Party Conference last year.

Recent events, such as Xi Jinping’s visit to meet with President Biden in San Francisco and the two-hour phone conversation between the two leaders, point to a potential shift in China’s approach to external pressures.

During these interactions, Xi Jinping expressed concern about US sanctions that could hamper China’s progress in key sectors such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence and renewable energy. He also raised issues such as US support for Taiwan and the potential takeover of TikTok from its parent company.

In response, there appears to have been a change in China’s tone, with a reduction in aggressive wolf warrior rhetoric, the removal of punitive trade barriers such as the Australian wine embargo

By Samantha Johnson

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