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Asia’s developing economies are poised to grow faster than China’s: ADB

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Despite signs of recovery in Asia’s developing countries, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) once again lowered its projections for their development due to China’s ongoing zero-Covid policy.

However, this will mark the first time in more than three decades that developing Asia as a whole will grow more quickly than China, according to the Manila-based lender’s most recent outlook report, which was released on Wednesday.

“The last time was in 1990 when (China’s) growth slowed to 3.9% while GDP in the rest of the region expanded by 6.9%,” it said.

The ADB now expects developing Asia — excluding China — to grow by 5.3% in 2022, and China by 3.3% in the same year.

Both figures are further downgrades — in July, for example, it slashed its growth forecast for China to 4% from 5%. The ADB attributed that to sporadic lockdowns from the nation’s zero-Covid policy, problems in the property sector, and slowing economic activity in light of weaker external demand.

As a result of “deteriorating external demand continuing to limit investment in manufacturing,” it also cut its projection for China’s economic growth in 2023 from 4.8% to 4.5%.

Recovery not helping

Although the region is exhibiting signs of ongoing recovery thanks to a resurgence in tourism, the ADB stated that global challenges are hurting overall growth.

According to the ADB’s most recent outlook report, which was released on Wednesday, the region’s rising Asian economies will grow by 4.3% in 2022 and 4.9% in 2023, down from revised estimates made in July of 4.6% and 5.2%, respectively.Shanghai skyline

According to the most recent updates to the Asian Development Outlook, prices will rise even faster, reaching 4.5% in 2022 and 4% in 2023, up from July’s projections of 4.2% and 3.5%, respectively, citing increased inflationary pressures from food and energy costs.

“Regional central banks are raising their policy rates as inflation has now risen above pre-pandemic levels,” it said. “This is contributing to tighter financial conditions amid a dimming growth outlook and accelerated monetary tightening by the Fed.”

China the ‘big exception’

“The PRC remains the big exception because of its intermittent but stringent lockdowns to stamp out sporadic outbreaks,” the ADB said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

In contrast to that, “Easing pandemic restrictions, increasing immunization, falling Covid-19 mortality rates, and the less severe health impact of the Omicron variant are underpinning improved mobility in much of the region,” it added in the report.

Awanish Kumar

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