Kai Kajitani

Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University

Kai Kajitani is a Professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Kobe University. He earned a doctoral degree in economics from Kobe University, specialising in modern Chinese economics. He is the author of The Fiscal and Financial System in Modern China: The Economics of Globalization and Central-Local Relations (2011), The “Wall Versus the Egg” Theory of Contemporary China: How a More Risk Oriented Society Should Face the Mighty Nation (2011), and other works.

The skyline of the Beijing's Central Business District rises behind people crossing a street during evening rush hour, April 15, 2020. (Thomas Peter/REUTERS)

Without cash payouts, are China's Covid-19 economic measures enough?

Japanese academic Kai Kajitani examines the enormous impact that the coronavirus is having on the Chinese economy. Measures are in place to absorb the shocks — but unlike many countries, the country has so far gone with other routes apart from direct cash payouts. Will these efforts be enough? And are the voices of the underclass in society being heard?