Wednesday, November 03, 2010

[IWS] World Bank: CHINA QUARTERLY UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2010 [3 November 2010]

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World Bank


CHINA QUARTERLY UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2010 [3 November 2010],,contentMDK:22502137~pagePK:1497618~piPK:217854~theSitePK:318950,00.htmlor

[full-text, 23 pages]


See Press Release 3 November 2010

With China’s Economic Prospects Sound, the Focus Shifts to Structural Issues, According to the World Bank,,contentMDK:22752849~pagePK:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html



[excerpt from report]


China’s growth has moderated somewhat, with a shifting composition. GDP growth declined from 10.6

% in the first half to a still surprisingly strong 9.6 % (yoy) in the third quarter. The domestic economy

cooled as the stimulus impact is fading out and the monetary stance is being normalized. Investment

and urban consumption have decelerated, and so have imports. Meanwhile, with exports strong, net

external trade has contributed significantly to (yoy) growth and the external surplus is rising again.


The global outlook is broadly favorable, but risks remain. Despite an expected deceleration, global

growth prospects are fairly favorable due to emerging market strength. But risks include a weaker

outlook in high income countries and ample international liquidity as well as the global imbalances and

possibly contentious policies triggered by them. Global price pressures remain contained by spare

capacity in many countries. But there are upward inflation risks internationally.


China’s own economic prospects remain sound, with risks both ways. Growth may ease further as

global growth decelerates and the macro stance is normalized further. However, the expansion should

remain supported by the traditional growth drivers and a robust labor market. We have edged up our

GDP growth projection for 2010 to 10 % after the third quarter data. We see growth at 8.7 % in 2011

and easing somewhat further in the medium term. Pushed up by higher food prices, inflation may stay

above the 3 % target for a while. It is unlikely to escalate as core inflation remains in check. However,

raw commodity prices may rise further while sustained high wage growth is unlikely but cannot be ruled

out. Given the fundamental drivers of property prices, they are unlikely to be contained for long. On

current trends and policies, the external surplus is on course to rise in 2011 and the medium term.




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