"A Chinese person turns off the air-conditioning, and the world economy catches a cold." China's Economic Apocalypse

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Tue, Jul 10th, 2012 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Foreign Policy's Trefor Moss, all signs indicate that the massive economic powerhouse that is China is actually blinking red and that this is more than "just a spreadsheet slowdown."

The lights are flickering in the world's economic powerhouse.

Although China's outlook may still be positive by, say, European standards, the numbers show that the country's storied growth engine has slipped out of gear. Businesses are taking fewer loans. Manufacturing output has tanked. Interest rates have unexpectedly been cut. Imports are flat. GDP growth projections are down, with some arguing that China might already be in recession. In March, Premier Wen Jiabao put the 2012 growth target at 7.5 percent; then seen as conservative, it's now viewed as prescient. If realized, it would be China's lowest annual growth rate since 1990, when the country faced international isolation after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

What are the concrete indications that China is experiencing something more than just a spreadsheet slowdown? Here are five real-world signs of China's economic malaise.

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