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Asian inflation is mostly transitory

Important to distinguish between cost-push and demand-pull pressures

| East Asia
Chinese consumers are reluctant to part with their hard-earned cash.   © Reuters

Frederic Neumann is co-head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC.

Financial markets are in a tizzy. Inflation is rearing its head: commodity prices are near the stratosphere, everything from bicycle parts to semiconductors is in short supply and companies are reporting surging cost pressures. It is easy to paint a picture of runaway price gains for a while to come. But, for most of Asia, the inflation spike should prove transitory.

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