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China's economy grows by 8.1 percent

2022-01-17T03:36:02.672Z

China's economy grows by 8.1 percent Created: 01/17/2022, 04:15 Container ships lie in the night-lit container terminal of the port of Qingdao. © Yu Fangping/SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire/dpa Because China has come through the corona pandemic better than other countries so far, the economy has also benefited for a long time. But the spread of the Omicron variant triggers new concerns. According to o



China's economy grows by 8.1 percent

Created: 01/17/2022, 04:15

Container ships lie in the night-lit container terminal of the port of Qingdao.

© Yu Fangping/SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire/dpa

Because China has come through the corona pandemic better than other countries so far, the economy has also benefited for a long time.

But the spread of the Omicron variant triggers new concerns.

According to official figures, China's economy grew by 8.1 percent in the past year.

However, as reported by the Beijing Statistics Office, growth continued to weaken in the fourth quarter.

Compared to the previous year, the second largest economy grew by four percent between October and December.

The growth in gross domestic product was therefore slightly better than analysts had expected on average.

In the third quarter, growth was still 4.9 percent - after record growth of 18.3 percent in the first and 7.9 percent in the second quarter.

The strong increase over the year can be explained above all by the low basis for comparison due to the pandemic in the previous year.

With a zero-Covid strategy, mass testing, quarantines and entry restrictions, the most populous country got the virus under control faster than most other states.

Nevertheless, economists are now predicting a year with significantly less momentum.

Foreign trade alone is not enough

Most recently, it was mainly the strong exports that supported China's growth. But foreign trade alone cannot compensate for other problems in the long run: the real estate market has cooled - driven by uncertainties such as the crisis surrounding the real estate group Evergrande, which is highly indebted at more than 300 billion US dollars. The government continues to work to reduce the high levels of corporate debt. Increased raw material costs and energy shortages have also recently had a negative impact on the economy.

The further course of the pandemic is likely to be decisive for economic development this year.

As countries around the world have begun to live with the coronavirus, Beijing is going into lockdown more than ever.

Nationwide, only around 150 cases were reported daily - in a country with 1.4 billion people.

But aside from a lack of independent reporting of government failures in China, the government is concerned about the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant.

According to official information, the variant was first discovered in China last week.

Omicron weakens prognosis

Experts fear that there could be serious consequences for China's economic development if there were lockdowns in many regions nationwide because of the Omicron variant, which would interrupt supply chains and paralyze factories.

The US investment bank Goldman Sachs warned that a large omicron eruption could have serious consequences for the economy in China - and last week cut its forecast for China's growth to 4.3 percent in the current year.

The World Bank also recently reduced its forecast from 5.3 to 5.1 percent.

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Chinese economists from the Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) proposed a growth target of "more than five percent" for this year to the government in December.

dpa

Source: merkur

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