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World Bank raises China growth outlook to 8.5%

PTI Beijing | Updated on June 29, 2021

Says, full recovery requires progress in vaccinations against the coronavirus

The World Bank raised its forecast of China’s economic growth this year to 8.5 per cent from 8.1 per cent and said on Tuesday that a full recovery requires progress in vaccinations against the coronavirus.

The report adds to positive signs for China, the first major economy to rebound from the pandemic. Factory and consumer activity are back above pre-outbreak levels, though authorities have re-imposed travel controls in some areas to counter outbreaks of new variants of the virus.

Chinese economic growth is likely to decline to 5.4 per cent next year as the rebound from last year’s history-making global slump fades and activity returns to normal, the World Bank said.

Its forecast was an increase over a report in April that said China and Vietnam were the only East Asian economies to achieve a “v-shaped” recovery in 2020 with output back above pre-coronavirus levels.

China is on track to vaccinate 40 per cent of its population by early summer, but “a full recovery will also require continued progress toward achieving wide-spread immunisation,” the World Bank said.

Published on June 29, 2021

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