COVID mask sales to West help China’s economy recover from coronavirus

Western reliance on face masks and other protective gear from China has helped power an economic revival in the country where the coronavirus pandemic first emerged, according to new data from the Beijing government and Chinese analysts.

“Renewed lockdowns in Europe will keep consumers purchasing the personal protective equipment and stay-at-home goods categories fueling Chinese exports,” observed Gavekal Dragonomics, a Beijing-based economic research firm.

Such assessments help account for China’s apparent economic rebound in the months since the lockdowns in Hubei province at the nadir of the coronavirus crisis. Chinese officials touted 4.9% economic growth in the third quarter of the year, although those figures come
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