China Economic Snapshot

Economic Forecast Summary (May 2021)

The recovery of economic activity has been swift and growth will reach 8.5% this year and 5.8% in 2022, assuming that the sanitary situation remains under control. Investment will remain a key engine of growth, while consumption will recover only gradually. Robust export demand will keep industry capacity utilisation high. The low import content of consumption means that the surge of imported raw material prices will only have a limited impact on consumer price inflation.

Reform Priorities (April 2021)

Going for Growth 2021 - China

The pandemic highlighted weaknesses in the health and social security systems and pushed many households and firms to the brink of bankruptcy. It further widened inequalities between: (i) central provinces and the coast; (ii) already indebted poor households and wealthier ones and (iii) the private sector, with limited access to infrastructure contracts and hardly hit by slackened demand, and the state-owned sector. Such divides need to be addressed to make growth inclusive and sustainable.

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2021 Structural Reform Priorities

  • Health care: Reduce the share of out-of-pocket payments of healthcare costs to limit the burden on the poor
  • Labour market: Facilitate labour mobility and improve skills provision to foster reallocation
  • Competition and regulation: Strike a better balance between liberalisation and regulation in financial markets and level the playing field
  • Governance and rule of law: Combat non-compliance with laws and regulations
  • Environmental policy: Increase ambition and enforcement of environmental policies


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Economic Survey of China (April 2019)

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