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China's paper consumption crumples on economic slump

Figures from 2022 show excess supply pouring into other Asian markets

A delivery worker loads parcels for China's Singles Day shopping festival. China's online retail deliveries were hampered in 2022 by pandemic restrictions.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese consumption of paper and paperboard declined in 2022 for the first time in four years, as the country's stringent coronavirus measures slowed the economy.

A disappointingly mild rebound this year has sent ripples across other parts of Asia.

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