World Bank raises China growth outlook to 8.5%

A view of the World Bank headquarters is seen in Washington. File

A view of the World Bank headquarters is seen in Washington. File

The World Bank raised its forecast of China’s economic growth this year to 8.5% from 8.1% 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% 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% of its population by early summer, but “a full recovery will also require continued progress toward achieving wide-spread immunization,” the World Bank said.

Our code of editorial values

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Sep 19, 2022 11:46:35 am |