China’s growth model undergoing legitimate transition – IMF’s Lagarde

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China’s economic growth model was going through a legitimate transition, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde told Xinhua in an interview.

“The Chinese economy is going through a crucial and legitimate transition period, moving from very high levels of growth to more stable levels,” Lagarde told Xinhua during her recent visit to Cameroon.

Asked whether Africa should be concerned about the recent stagnation experienced in China, yet the latter was Africa’s leading commercial partner, Lagarde said there should be no anxiety in Africa.

“China will remain the second-largest economy in the world after the U.S.. Its economy will continue to grow next year, meaning that it will continue buying raw materials,” she said, but noted that China may not reach growth levels of between 10 to 12 percent.

“China has consumed a lot of raw materials and ordered more materials from producing countries. These orders will reduce since the consumption of raw materials by the Chinese economy will equally reduce. Definitely, this will impact China’s investment volume in producing countries, but this will not mean that China will not remain the biggest client for countries producing raw materials,” she stated.

With regards to China’s recent readjustments of its economic policy, especially on exchange rate policy, Lagarde noted that given the transition period China’s economy is going through, some turbulence should be expected.

Lagarde welcomed the recent announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country will give Africa 60 billion U.S. dollars in the next three years to support development projects.

“That one of the two largest economies in the world wants to work with the entire international community to create new partnerships and go beyond its natural geographic zone, is something that is welcome,” she said.

 

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