Asian Insider Podcast: How Covid restrictions are choking China's economy

In this episode, ST's US bureau chief Nirmal Ghosh hosts Dr. Lurong Chen, a senior economist from the Economic Research Institute for Asean, and ST's China bureau chief Tan Dawn Wei. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Synopsis: Each month, The Straits Times' US Bureau Chief Nirmal Ghosh presents an Asian perspective of the biggest global talking points with expert guests.

In this episode, Nirmal Ghosh hosts Dr. Lurong Chen, senior economist from the Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia alongside Tan Dawn Wei, The Straits Times' China bureau chief.

Highlights (click/tap above):

01:30 China’s economic impact due to Covid policies

04:08 Will China reassess its strict policies?

05:15 Concerns over China’s supply chain

09:20 Will China’s economic situation affect regional inflation?

11:20 Is China concerned about food security?

16:34 Endemic fatigue in China and its political implications

Produced by: Nirmal Ghosh (, Ernest Luis, Hadyu Rahim and Teo Tong Kai 

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim and Eden Soh

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