Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators

China’s economy at a glance (beta version)

MERICS Economic Indicators capture different facets of China's economic development and highlight important trends. In this quarterly publication, MERICS researcher Max J. Zenglein tracks data on growth, trade and investment flows, financial markets and consumer confidence in China. He analyzes and illustrates recent developments and trends in texts and graphics.

In the second quarter of 2017, China’s economy repeated the strong growth of 6.9 per cent for the second quarter in succession. Despite positive developments in its dynamic tech sector, China continues to rely too heavily on its old growth drivers. Growth levels can be expected to steadily drop as the downward pressure on the economy persists. As Zenglein points out in the focus section of the latest issue of the Economic Indicators, the Chinese economic policy of low interest rates and capital controls may lead to asset bubbles. After turbulences in the stock and real estate market, the Fintech sector might be at risk.

The Economic Indicators can be downloaded as PDF here.

The  Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)is a Stiftung Mercatorinitiative. Established in 2013, MERICS is a Berlin-based institute for contemporary and practical research into China.