The report may stoke speculation the central bank will start raising its benchmark interest rate and tighten restrictions on the nation’s lenders. Minutes after the release, traders said the People’s Bank of China guided three-month bill yields higher at an auction for the second time in two weeks.
Fourth-quarter economic growth was driven by an unprecedented $586 billion stimulus package, subsidies for consumer purchases and a credit-fueled investment boom. The property market has rebounded and a 13-month slump in exports ended last month.
Industrial production grew 18.5 percent in December from a year earlier and retail sales climbed 17.5 percent, the statistics bureau said today.
In 2008 China’s GDP was up 9.6%. The economy there obviously continues to do amazing things. Also there are plenty of signs of crazy spending building huge amounts of housing and office space that lies vacant and questionable infrastructure projects. There is certainly a risk of bubbles bursting in China but the long term strength of the economy seems real. The danger is first political with financial bubbles being the second risk – I think.