Gross Domestic Product

Overlooking services’ key role distorts trade picture

Taiwanese protesters against a cross-strait service trade agreement have some understanding of the significance of trade in services. Photo: EPA

In less than a week's time, there will be a rash of commentary on the subject of the latest Chinese trade data and what it says about the health of the mainland's export engine and the state of demand in the global economy.

Thursday, 3 April, 2014, 5:17am

Slowdown in China's economic growth to 7.7pc a test for Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

China's economy grew at a lower-than-expected pace in the first quarter, the first big test of Premier Li Keqiang's determination to tackle long-term issues ranging from urbanisation to reform of the financial system.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:39am

S&P sounds alarm on China's overinvestment

China may be exposed to the next economic shock. Photo: Bloomberg

"China has the highest investment-to-GDP ratio in the world - a downturn in its investment cycle would not only adversely affect its economy but also those of others, and global commodities prices," S&P said in a report yesterday.

1 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Guangdong leaders fear they will lose economic pole position to Jiangsu

Hu Chunhua, the new party secretary of Guangdong, says rival Jiangsu province is catching up economically. Photo: Simon Song

In a panel discussion on Friday afternoon, Hu told the provincial legislative congress that the gross domestic product of Jiangsu province was catching up quickly with Guangdong, according to a China News Service report.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

Growth data shows mixed picture

Growth data shows mixed picture

The mainland economy turned the corner in the last quarter by growing faster than expected after seven straight quarters of slowdown, but economists fear weaker investment growth may limit the room for further gains.

19 Jan 2013 - 5:12am

Mainland economic growth expected to continue

Numbers game

The mainland economy may have grown close to 8 per cent last year, with economists saying the gain in momentum starting late last year is likely to continue.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am

Ignore tourism's absurd economic boasts

The entire increase in visitor arrivals last year came from  the mainland alone. Photo: Bloomberg

The tourism industry's claim that it supports a huge slice of GDP would be laughable if it didn't drain so much money out of the public purse.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:44am 1 comment

Both good and bad news in China's property rebound

Both good and bad news in China's property rebound. Photo: Reuters

Last week China Vanke, the country's biggest residential property developer, announced that home sales last month leapt an impressive 140 per cent compared with December 2011.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:01am

Year-end rush spurs mainland exports

December's export rebound was due to strong US data, Europe's stabilising growth and improved output in emerging markets. Photo: Reuters

Mainland exports surged in December on a year-end rush on shipments and they are likely to get support from a gradual recovery in global economies this year.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:56am

Cyclically bullish on China's market but a structural bear

Cyclically bullish on China's market but a structural bear

Acouple of days ago, Monitor peered into its crystal ball and argued that the month-old rally in mainland stock markets looks set to continue.

The prediction was based on a look at the amount of liquidity sloshing around China's financial system.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:56am 1 comment

Striking an economic rebalance

Beijing is trying to rebalance the economy from its heavy reliance on investment-fuelled expansion to one powered more by consumption, which could have implications for growth. Photo: Xinhua

As mainland growth limped across the line at the end of 2012, the jury was out on what lay in store for the world's second-biggest economy in the year ahead. Beijing correspondent Jane Cai quizzed three top analysts on their forecasts for core indicators over the next 12 months.

5 Jan 2013 - 7:14am

Singapore economy beats forecasts with 1.8pc expansion

Inflation is expected to be in a 3.5 to 4.5 per cent range this year.

Singapore's economy expanded more than economists estimated last quarter, averting a recession even after the central bank refrained from monetary stimulus as it sought to contain elevated inflation.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Fraying at the edges

There are flaws in the US system but it still accounts for the biggest single chunk of the world's economy. Photo: Bloomberg

Globalisation is all about creating a single, seamless world where national boundaries diminish in significance in the interests of economic freedom and greater opportunities for all.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:24am

British economic growth revised down to 0.9pc in third quarter

Britain's economy expanded less than previously estimated in the third quarter and the budget deficit unexpectedly widened in November, complicating Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to bolster the recovery. Photo: Bloomberg

Britain's economy grew by a worse than expected 0.9 per cent in the third quarter, downwardly revised data showed yesterday, sparking fresh speculation over a possible "triple dip" recession, analysts said.

22 Dec 2012 - 2:36am

World Bank raises China growth forecast for 2012

Inflation and capital inflows have made it difficult for the People''s Bank of China to make policy adjustments. Photo: Reuters

The World Bank has raised its forecast for mainland China's growth this year and next, citing easing credit conditions and a pickup in investment, but projected a slowdown in 2014.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am