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The Chinese property bubble is now bigger than the U.S. housing bubble that led to the Great Recession

The "world's biggest asset bubble" just keeps growing amid the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A new report in the Journal delves into how a property boom in China has "resumed its relentless upward climb" following COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year. In fact, according to the report, investors sank more into Chinese real estate last month than ever before. Housing sales in China initially took a dive at the start of 2020.

"The resulting asset bubble, many economists say, now eclipses the one in U.S. housing in the 2000s," the Journal writes.

After all, residential real estate in the U.S. was reportedly seeing about $900 billion a year during the property boom's peak, but in China, investors flooded the housing market with roughly $1.4 trillion over the past 12 months ending in June.

"Because of the pandemic they're actually consuming less, and saving more," Texas A&M University economics professor Gan Li told the Journal. "So they'll actually have more money available to invest. That will create an even larger housing problem." Read more at The Wall Street Journal.