Westpac: China's GDP growth rate could drop to 2% in Q1 - Financial Review
Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate could drop to 2% in the first quarter from the fourth quarter's 6% if the coronavirus profile was similar to the SARS
experience, according to Westpac's economics team.
That would push the full-year growth rate down to 5.5%, below the bank's current 5.8% forecast.
If China takes six months to contain the virus, its growth rate could slide to near 5%, in which case, officials may deliver stimulus to counter the slowdown, Westpac
said, while adding further that the growth of 5.3% for 2020 was the most likely scenario.