IMF Cuts China’s 2012 Growth Forecast

While it weighs the possibility of providing financial support to curb the debt crisis in Europe, the IMF warned Monday that China’s economic growth could drop quickly if Europe’s debt situation deteriorates. From Bloomberg:

Based on the IMF’s “downside” forecast for the global economy, China’s growth could drop by as much as 4 percentage points from the fund’s current projection, which is for 8.2 percent this year, the organization said in a report released today by its China office in Beijing.

The outlook expands on the IMF’s warning last month that the world could plunge into another recession if Europe’s woes deepen. Premier Wen Jiabao reiterated last week his government will “fine-tune” policies to support growth amid the region’s debt crisis and the cooling domestic property market.

“China’s growth rate would drop abruptly if the euro area experiences a sharp recession,” the Washington-based IMF said. “However, a track record of fiscal discipline has given China ample room to respond to such an external shock.”

February 6, 2012 7:05 PM
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