WB: China GDP to Grow 7.3 Percent

China is expected to remain the fastest growing economy among east Asian countries, with its GDP growth projected at 7.3 percent in the period leading up to the country's entry into the World Trade Organization, said the World Bank Regional Economic Review released Thursday.

China scored an 8 percent GDP growth rate last year.

The World Bank (WB) expects East Asia to weather the slowdown in the US economy and the slowing demand for technology as well, with most countries in the region predicted to have an average GDP growth of 3 to 7 percent in 2001.

The prospect of a prolonged regional slump is slim, according to the report.

Masahiro Kawai, chief economist for WB, said the global environment for China's growth is "less favorable" this year compared with 2000 because a world economic slowdown was expected.

"It is difficult to address China's GDP growth after its entry into the WTO, but we predict that it will be slightly higher than without the WTO," he said.

The slowdown in the US economy has affected the exports of many East Asian countries. China's exports of electronic products, textiles and garments, toys and sports equipment saw a considerable drop in January and February this year, he said.

WB expects China's exports for 2001 to grow by 10-12 percent, significantly down from last year's 28 percent," the WB economist said.

Jemal-ud-din, vice-president of the WB for the East Asia and Pacific Region, said that China's proactive fiscal policy over the past few years has been very successful. "It has added 1.5 to 2 percentage points of growth each year and has helped China maintain its growth rate and macro-economic stability."

(Xinhua 03/30/2001)

In This Series

WB Publishes Report on Bankruptcy of China's SOEs

WB Provides Two Loans to China

China's Economy Set to Grow by 8 Percent in 2000

WB Official Predicts 7 Percent Growth for China's Economy

WB Helps China Save Energy



Web Link