Falling Prices in China Could Be a Boon For the U.S.: Kiplinger Economic Forecasts

China's weakened economy shows no clear signs of improvement.

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Consumer prices in China are declining as economic growth falters. Consumer price inflation finally slipped into negative territory in July, following 10 consecutive months of decline for producer prices. A prolonged slump in the country’s property market, plunging export demand, and subdued spending by consumers have weighed on the economy following an initial burst of activity in the first quarter, after Beijing scrapped its strict pandemic restrictions. 

Beijing is now under more pressure to step up monetary and fiscal support. But the government won’t rush into a decision. Instead, expect officials to determine how much of the current slowdown is attributable to structural factors, such as an aging population, and thus not easily addressed by stimulus measures. China’s central bank will also act cautiously amid a weaker yuan and elevated debt. 

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Falling prices in China are good for countries dealing with elevated inflation, most notably the U.S., India, Germany and the Netherlands. In places where inflation is already low — Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea — import prices could fall, on average.

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Rodrigo Sermeño
, The Kiplinger Letter

Rodrigo Sermeño covers the financial services, housing, small business, and cryptocurrency industries for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in 2014, he worked for several think tanks and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C., including the New America Foundation, the Streit Council, and the Arca Foundation. Rodrigo graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor's degree in international affairs. He also holds a master's in public policy from George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government.