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COVID shatters cycle of elections and growth -- except in China

Beijing pumps up economy, the traditional way, ahead of 2022 party congress

With the U.S. and Japan economically traumatized by the COVID-19 pandemic, undemocratic China may ironically see the most election-related economic growth in the runup to the 2022 congress of the Communist Party of China. (Source photos by UPI/Kyodo, Reuters and Xinhua/Kyodo) 

Tetsushi Takahashi was Nikkei China bureau chief from April 2017 to March 2021 and the writer of the Beijing Diary column.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government led by the Liberal Democratic Party was expected to announce stimulus packages for this summer and a lower house election for autumn, but few talk of such things these days.

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