Feb 5, 2020
China’s economy faces a host of challenges in the Year of the Rat - NAB
Analysts at National Bank of Australia noted that China enters the Year of the Rat having recorded its weakest rate of growth in almost three decades in 2019.
- Some of this reflected the gradual slowing trend as China’s economy matures, however it has also faced some external pressures as well.
- While the recently signed “Phase One” trade deal with the United States provides a more positive outlook than was the case in mid-2019, China’s economy will continue to face some significant challenges – including the coronavirus, the still uncertain global trade environment, high consumer price inflation, rising corporate defaults and growing demographic constraints.
- We expect the slowing trend in economic growth to continue in 2020. However, we are currently reviewing our growth forecast due to the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.