As growth slumped, Covid-19 determined whether China’s regions fared better or worse

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) – China’s economy grew at the slowest pace for two years in the second quarter, as Covid-19 lock-downs disrupted manufacturing hubs and stifled everyday life.

Although most provincial-level areas grew faster than the national rate, a handful of regions dragged on growth. National GDP grew just 0.4 per cent year-on-year during the three-month period, tumbling from 4.8 per cent in the previous quarter, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data released last month. It is the worst performance since the first quarter of 2020, when the country was shocked by the outbreak of Covid, which led to a 6.9 per cent contraction in GDP.