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China economy grows 3% in 2022, one of weakest in 40 years: Official data

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Jan 17, 2023 08:52 AM IST

Beijing had set itself a target of 5.5 per cent, a rate already much lower than the performance of 2021, when the country's GDP increased more than eight percent.

China's economy grew 3.0 per cent in 2022, official data released Tuesday showed, one of the weakest rates in 40 years owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and a real estate crisis.

In the fourth quarter, China's economy grew 2.9 per cent year-on-year, compared with 3.9 per cent in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said. (Photo by WANG Zhao/AFP)
In the fourth quarter, China's economy grew 2.9 per cent year-on-year, compared with 3.9 per cent in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said. (Photo by WANG Zhao/AFP)

Beijing had set itself a target of 5.5 per cent, a rate already much lower than the performance of 2021, when the country's GDP increased more than eight per cent.

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In the fourth quarter, China's economy grew 2.9 per cent year-on-year, compared with 3.9 per cent in the third quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

The world's second-largest economy faced historic headwinds as 2022 drew to a close, with exports plunging last month due to a drop in global demand and rigid health restrictions that hammered economic activity.

Tuesday's figures represent China's worst growth figures since a 1.6 contraction in 1976 -- the year Mao Zedong died -- and excluding 2020, after the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan in late 2019.

China's economic woes last year sent reverberations across a global supply chain already struggling with waning demand.

Strict lockdowns, quarantines and compulsory mass testing prompted the abrupt closures of manufacturing facilities and businesses in major hubs -- like Zhengzhou, home of the world's biggest iPhone factory.

Beijing abruptly loosened pandemic restrictions in early December in the wake of some of its biggest protests in years.

The World Bank has forecast China's GDP will rebound to 4.3 per cent for 2023 -- still below expectations.

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