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Why the whole world needs China to focus on boosting its economy

23 0 28

For global economy watchers and forecasters, China’s growth prospects could be make-or-break for world markets in 2019. With some pessimists starting to wonder whether financial markets are already heading for a rerun of the 2008 crash , just how well China withstands the global downturn could be the key for confidence. The worry is that China’s descending growth rate over the past few years could easily nosedive into a heavy, hard landing unless sweeping changes are made to the government’s policy initiatives. Beijing must get moving soon to turn the tide.

Unless Beijing acknowledges the scale of the impending crisis, China’s economy could end up badly behind the curve. It is all very well talking up the economy with upbeat growth forecasts, but being long on hype and short on reality is taking a gamble. It is time to be much more frank about the risks to global growth and how much more Beijing needs to do to pull China’s economy up by the boot-straps and to help fast-track quicker recovery.

Until China’s planners come up with hard forecast numbers, markets can only guess at what officials are pencilling in for 2019. Recent hints suggest targeted growth for gross domestic product might be scaled back to between 6 and 6.5 per cent from a likely outturn........

© South China Morning Post