Olympic effects on growth and policy are negligible

Other concerns such as declining corporate profits, the collapse of A-share prices, a property bubble and unclear macroeconomic policies are valid, but should not be exaggerated.

The Olympic Games are finally underway in Beijing. Without doubt, it is an important event with a lot of preparation gone into it over the past few years. But, contrary to common perception, the impact of the Olympics on ChinaƆs growth and economic policy should be negligible. In particular, the recent concern about a post-Olympic investment slump, as the Olympic-related investment spending winds down later this year, is totally nanve. There are many crucial issues with regard to the Chinese...

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