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The pace of China’s economic recovery picked up slightly in the second quarter after signs of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy fueled expectations of greater political support.

On a quarterly basis, China’s gross domestic product rose 1.3% in the three months to the end of June, up from a revised 0.4% increase in the previous quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. .

Economists had predicted growth of 1 to 1.2%, according to Bloomberg and Reuters polls. Second-quarter GDP was 7.9% higher than the previous year, compared to 18.3% year-on-year growth in the first quarter. Strong growth in the first quarter reflected a halt in economic activity in early 2020 after the Covid-19 pandemic erupted in central China and forced the government to impose a nationwide lockdown .

The SNB data release comes at a tense time for Chinese economic planners as they attempt to balance financial stability and growth.

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  • Climate policy in the world: The US border carbon tax plan follows the EU’s attempt to move towards zero emissions – the importance of which has been underscored as Germany reeling from deadly climate change floods.

5. South Africans reeling from riots In recent days, South Africa has come closer to social breakdown than at any time since the end of apartheid almost three decades ago. The riots, sparked by the arrest last week of former President Jacob Zuma, have left more than 70 dead and devastated Africa’s most industrialized economy.

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Coronavirus digest

  • Car manufacturers can expect a strong recovery in chip supply in the coming weeks, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company said, noting that a global shortage may have passed its most crippling stage.

  • Malaysia reported 13,215 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, reaching a new record for the third day in a row as the Delta variant fuels the spread of disease.

  • The Covid-19 resulted in falls childhood vaccinations, warned the WHO.

  • As the UK and other countries are facing a new wave of Covid infections, scientists are rushing to find out what is causing the Covid long. (FT, Straits Times)

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