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Xi Has $3.65 Trillion Fiscal War Chest to Counter Trump Tariffs

16 May 2019 12:34 | Divjot S. Mehton (Administrator)

Beijing’s main defense against trade-war fallout this year is more likely to come from the finance ministry than the central bank, no matter what President Donald Trump says.

If tariffs begin to really hurt China’s growth this year, there’s plenty of direct fiscal firepower left to stoke the economy before the People’s Bank of China would have to cut interest rates, according to an analysis of government spending by Bloomberg. Data released Wednesday showed an across-the-board slowdown in April.

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