Nathaniel Taplin, Wall Street Journal

Nathaniel Taplin

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Hong Kong

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Recent articles by Nathaniel:

China’s Frozen Factories Warm Up, a Little

Easing supply constraints boosted Chinese factory activity in November, but a durable recovery awaits more support for demand. → Read More

Chinese Stimulus Goes Green

The contours of China’s countercyclical policy are starting to become clear—and include significantly more financial firepower for clean power and efficiency. → Read More

China’s Growth Hasn’t Bottomed Yet

Despite some hopeful signs in October data released Monday, China’s economy has yet to turn the corner. → Read More

China’s Coal Addiction Runs Deeper Than Economics

The economics of weaning China off coal are daunting, but geopolitical risks loom large for Beijing too—and may continue to slow down the pace of progress. → Read More

One Upside to Economic Woes May Be China-U.S. Thaw

Strong exports and weak domestic demand in China, paired with scarce goods and inflation in the U.S., have put the spotlight back on the two economies’ mutual dependency. → Read More

The Risks and Rewards of Playing Chicken With China

China has ways to confound speculators betting on Evergrande contagion—thanks to a broader, murkier regulatory tool kit than most foreign investors are used to. → Read More

Xi’s ‘Common Prosperity’ in Theory and Practice

President Xi Jinping’s vision for a more equal China has spooked investors. The recent release of a fuller version of his August remarks contains important hints on what “common prosperity” really means. → Read More

China’s Economy Rests on Three Shaky Legs

The country’s economy slowed sharply last quarter, but there is little sign so far of a major shift to support growth. That may reflect overconfidence on Beijing’s part. → Read More

For China’s Banks, Corruption Is Only Half the Problem

Beijing will no doubt snare some bad apples as this latest rectification campaign unfolds. The rot at the core of the financial sector itself still needs stronger medicine. → Read More

The U.S.-China Trade Conflict Remains Frozen

By keeping existing tariffs, with possible loopholes, Biden walks a fine line between his domestic economic agenda, China hawks and anxious allies. → Read More

China’s Coal and Gas Woes Might Test Beijing’s Principles

One factor behind surging natural gas prices is China’s crackdown on coal, but the country could soon reach its economic pain threshold and embrace the fuel again as winter looms. → Read More

Evergrande Is Only the Latest in a Chain of Chinese Debt Crises

The broader consequences for China’s economy may not be clear for a while, but recent history may help investors understand what to look for. → Read More

Another Trade War, Another Stalemate?

World trade is already struggling with high shipping costs and shuttered Asian factories. That might not prevent another ramp up in Sino-American trade tensions. → Read More

China Goes Cold Turkey on Property

If exports stumble or consumption doesn’t pick up again promptly, Beijing may be forced to relent on its property curbs sooner than it would like. → Read More

Commodity Markets Are All Gummed Up

Commodities are a favorite play during periods of high inflation, but markets are dealing with some unusual risk factors this time around. → Read More

China’s July Jitters Become a Summer Slump

The first read on August data suggests China’s economy slowed further, particularly in services but also in the previously strong manufacturing sector. → Read More

How to Make the Labor Shortage Work for You

Staffing companies like Robert Half International will benefit from the economy’s insatiable thirst for workers. → Read More

Huarong’s Survival Doesn’t Mean Chinese Firms Can’t Fail

It’s tempting to see the bailout of China’s largest bad bank as a sign that nothing has changed. But the Huarong saga obscures some significant developments behind the scenes. → Read More

China’s Slowdown: Looking Through Delta and the Flood

July data confirmed a sharp slowdown in China’s economy. How much of that is due to the flooding in Henan and the recent Delta variant outbreak? → Read More

China Faces Long-Term Damage From Delta Outbreaks

The country is dealing with its second Delta variant outbreak in a few months. But the real worry is what still lies ahead. → Read More