While China achieved strong economic growth in the post-Mao years by allowing free markets to work, the Communist leadership wants to return the economy to its old socialist ways. However, while the government can give fake growth numbers, it cannot reverse socialist failures.
Mainstream economists often look at the numbers first and then use data to construct their theories. As Austrian Economists know, such thinking is backward. We can only correctly interpret data after applying a correct theoretical framework.
Two guiding principles must be followed by small states and even more so by secessionist movements, whether leading to another, smaller state or a state-less territory (an anarchic social order): First, do not provoke, and second, be armed.