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China could become world’s largest importer within five years
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December 5, 2017 04:42:54am GMT      |      Views: 194

China is expected to overtake the United States to become the world’s largest importer within five years, a leading Chinese investment firm said.

According to a report released by China International Capital Corporation (CICC), in the past 10 years, China’s annual average import growth was 6 percentage points higher than that of the U.S.

“If that growth gap remains in 2018 and moderates by 0.15 percentage points in each of the following years in a baseline scenario, the country will become the world’s largest importer by 2022.

“By a more conservative estimate, China will become the top importer by 2025,’’ CICC said.

Report says China is now the world’s largest exporter and the second largest importer.

“As the domestic economy has stabilised and global commodity prices have recovered, imports in the first 10 months of the year rose 21.5 per cent year on year,’’ official data showed.

The CICC report said the country’s rising imports have a significant global impact, as it is the largest importer for 41 countries and regions, compared with 36 for the U.S.

According to CICC, with imports likely to continue to outpace exports in the coming few years, China’s foreign trade will become more balanced as it has been in the past two years.

CICC predicted the trade surplus in goods and services would account for around 1 per cent of GDP in 2017, the lowest level since 1994.

“China is also expected to become the world’s largest consumer market and start importing more consumer-related products than industrial materials, as its growth becomes increasingly consumer driven.

“In our view, the rise of Chinese consumers, with its significant positive spill over effect on the rest of the world, will be the most important and exciting investment story in the coming years,’’ the report said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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