A employees member checks data of a girl who simply finishes her quarantine at a quarantine middle on March 16, 2020 in Shanghai, China.
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LONDON — China’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been spectacular, an International Monetary Fund official informed CNBC on Tuesday, including that it had as soon as again managed to do well when confronted with a major crisis.
The Chinese economic system managed to finish 2020 — the yr in which the coronavirus pandemic introduced many of the world economic system to a halt — in constructive territory.
Its GDP (gross home product) got here in at 2.3% final yr and is predicted to develop by 8.4% by the tip of 2021, based on the IMF. This signifies that China’s economic system has not been as severely hit by the Covid-induced shock as a lot of the remainder of the world.
“China is really an impressive example of an outlier in the positive sense,” Tobias Adrian, director of the IMF’s financial and capital markets division, informed CNBC’s Joumanna Bercetche Tuesday.
“They have cracked down on the pandemic very aggressively, very early and the economy really already came back to normal levels at the middle of last year, so way ahead of any country in the world.”
The first circumstances of Covid-19 had been reported in China in late 2019. Though the virus rapidly unfold internationally, China’s aggressive stance in containing the virus at the beginning of 2020 enabled it to raised management waves of recent circumstances. Its measures included journey restrictions, strict lockdowns and a really quick rollout of well being amenities.
“In China, the kind of measures that can be taken to contain the pandemic, you know, are somewhat more intrusive than in some countries and that has really helped in this circumstance. So for the second time now with a major crisis, China has fared very well,” Adrian mentioned, drawing a comparability with the worldwide monetary crisis of 2008.
At the time, China deployed huge quantities of financial and financial stimulus, which prevented a deeper shock from the monetary crisis, and likewise supplied essential assist to neighboring international locations in Asia.
“While it is certainly true that on the one hand, you know, leverage has also risen in China, for example in the corporate sector, and some of the smaller and provincial banks certainly have some risk on their balance sheet, overall, of course, the economic strength is a fantastic help for companies and innovation continues,” Adrian added.