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TOKYO (Reuters) – Asia’s factory activity slumped in August as China’s zero COVID curbs and cost pressures continued to hurt businesses, surveys showed on Thursday, darkening the outlook for the region’s fragile economic recovery.

Manufacturing activity was weak in countries ranging from Japan, China, South Korea to Taiwan in a sign sluggish demand was adding to headaches for companies already suffering from lingering supply constraints.

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s resolve to continue aggressive interest rate hikes is also dampening the business mood by stoking fears of recession in one of Asia’s biggest export markets, analysts say.

“China’s pandemic curbs and geo-political tensions with the United States continue to disrupt supply chains. Rising inflation is also hurting domestic demand across Asia,” said Toru Nishihama, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo.

“Fears of U.S. recession also aren’t helping. U.S. and Chinese economies are engines of global growth so when both of them are wobbling, that spells trouble for businesses.”

China’s private Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) contracted for the first time in three months in August, data showed on Thursday, as soft demand, power shortages and fresh COVID-19 flare-ups disrupting production.

The unexpectedly weak reading echoed China’s official PMI released on Wednesday, which was also below the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.

Export powerhouses were equally weak. Japan’s factory activity grew at its slowest rate in nearly a year in August, while that of South Korea shrank by the sharpest pace in two years, PMIs for both countries showed.

Manufacturing activity also deteriorated sharply in Taiwan, with production and new orders both falling at the quickest pace since the initial wave of the pandemic in May 2020.

“The marked deterioration in demand also meant that firms cut back on buying activity and inventories, as more firms anticipate production levels to decline further over the coming year,” Annabel Fiddes, economics associate director at S&P Global (NYSE:SPGI), said on Taiwan’s output outlook.

The final au Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 51.5 in August from 52.1 in the prior month, marking the weakest growth rate since September 2021.

South Korea’s PMI fell to 47.6 in August from 49.8 in July, remaining below the 50-threshold for a second month and hitting the lowest since July 2020.

Taiwan’s PMI hit 42.7 in August, down from 44.6 in July.

Weakening demand, however, is having the side-effect of easing price pressures. South Korean manufacturers saw input prices rise in August by the slowest rate in 19 months.

The average input costs faced by Taiwanese goods producers fell for the first time since May 2020, as prices of some raw material like steel and oil have started to fall.

Southeast Asia remained a bright spot in the region with manufacturing activity growth in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand accelerating, while Malaysia’s growth slowed slightly, the PMIs showed.

Asia’s factory activity slumps on China’s COVID curbs, U.S. slowdown

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China Finance Ministry to Issue an Extra 5.5 Billion Yuan of Treasury Bonds in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s finance ministry said on Thursday that it will issue an additional 5.5 billion yuan ($773.18 million) worth of yuan-denominated sovereign bonds in Hong Kong on Oct. 12.

The ministry said it would issue an extra 3.5 billion yuan worth of bonds due 2024 with an interest rate of 2.44% per annum, and an additional 2.0 billion yuan worth of 2027 bonds carrying an interest rate of 2.75%.

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India Investigating Deaths in Gambia Linked to India-made Cough Syrup – Sources

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – India is investigating the deaths of dozens of children in Gambia linked to the use of an India-made cough syrup, two federal health ministry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

The World Health Organization said late on Wednesday deaths of dozens of young children in Gambia from acute kidney injuries may be linked to contaminated cough syrup that had been manufactured in India.

The sources said the Indian government had asked the WHO to share the report establishing causal relation to death with the cough syrup.

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Vietnam Q3 GDP Growth up 13.67% Y/y on Rebound in Manufacturing

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HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s gross domestic product in the third quarter grew 13.67% from a year earlier, the fastest pace in decades, thanks to robust manufacturing and exports and a low base effect, government data released on Thursday showed.

The industrial and construction sector in the July-September period grew 12.91% from a year earlier, the General Statistics Office said in a report. The services sector expanded 18.86%, while the agricultural sector grew by 3.24%.

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