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Opinion: A ‘repression index’ to track crackdowns, restrictions and propaganda can offer another measure for China’s economic woes

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
The political signals are unsettling the private sector, which creates almost all the new jobs and drives innovation in products and services," writes Andrew Browne. "Private investment is collapsing, despite the government’s instruction to local officials to 'chant bright songs' about the economy."
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.