China economy recovering but hampered by virus outbreaks


              A man waits for customer inside his tobacco and liquor store next to a shuttered foreign trade clothing store and restaurant in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The most optimist forecasts say China’s business and consumer activity might revive as early as the first quarter of this year. But before that happens, entrepreneurs and families face a painful squeeze from a surge in cases that has left employers without enough healthy workers and kept wary customers away from shopping malls, restaurants, hair salons and gyms. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              A child skates inside a tobacco and liquor store next to a shuttered restaurant in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The most optimist forecasts say China’s business and consumer activity might revive as early as the first quarter of this year. But before that happens, entrepreneurs and families face a painful squeeze from a surge in cases that has left employers without enough healthy workers and kept wary customers away from shopping malls, restaurants, hair salons and gyms. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Shoppers walk by a cosmetic store which was closed their business earlier inside a shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The most optimist forecasts say China’s business and consumer activity might revive as early as the first quarter of this year. But before that happens, entrepreneurs and families face a painful squeeze from a surge in cases that has left employers without enough healthy workers and kept wary customers away from shopping malls, restaurants, hair salons and gyms. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              Women watch their children play near a dismantled stores at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. The most optimist forecasts say China’s business and consumer activity might revive as early as the first quarter of this year. But before that happens, entrepreneurs and families face a painful squeeze from a surge in cases that has left employers without enough healthy workers and kept wary customers away from shopping malls, restaurants, hair salons and gyms. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
            
              An employee works in a weaving factory in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Forecasters say the abrupt decision by President Xi Jinping's government to end controls that shut down factories and kept millions of people at home will move up the timeline for economic recovery, but might disrupt activity this year as businesses scramble to adapt. (Chinatopix via AP)
            
              In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a worker transports products at a fiberglass workshop in a glass products company in Shahe in northern China's Hebei Province, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Forecasters say the abrupt decision by President Xi Jinping's government to end controls that shut down factories and kept millions of people at home will move up the timeline for economic recovery, but might disrupt activity this year as businesses scramble to adapt. (Mu Yu/Xinhua via AP)
            
              A worker looks at rolls of fabric in a weaving factory in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Forecasters say the abrupt decision by President Xi Jinping's government to end controls that shut down factories and kept millions of people at home will move up the timeline for economic recovery, but might disrupt activity this year as businesses scramble to adapt. (Chinatopix via AP)
            
              In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, an employee monitors machines at a fiberglass workshop in a glass products company in Shahe in northern China's Hebei Province, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. Forecasters say the abrupt decision by President Xi Jinping's government to end controls that shut down factories and kept millions of people at home will move up the timeline for economic recovery, but might disrupt activity this year as businesses scramble to adapt. (Mu Yu/Xinhua via AP)
            
              A man and a child wearing face masks walk by shuttered stores on Jan. 3, 2023, which would be selling souvenirs in Qianmen, a popular tourist spot in Beijing. China’s business and consumer activity might revive as early as the first quarter of this year, but before that happens, entrepreneurs and families face a painful squeeze from a surge in cases that has left employers without enough healthy workers and kept wary customers away from shopping malls, restaurants, hair salons and gyms. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
China economy recovering but hampered by virus outbreaks