IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates
By Riki Zhang 10 Dec 2019
After suffering slow growth in 2019, China will find 2020 another tough year for the economy as trade tension uncertainty continues to hurt business confidence while supply-side shock to consumer price restrains room for monetary easing in 1H20. We will unlikely see notable growth stabilisation or a rebound till 2H2020 at the earliest, provided the US-China trade tension does not escalate. China has been hardest hit by the global economic slowdown since 2Q18 due to trade tensions and its structural deleveraging. 2019 is a year of stress as trade tensions continued to escalate and policymakers further tightened property policy. The GDP growth decelerated from 6.8% in 1Q2018 to 6% in 3Q2019 and will likely reach 6.1% for full-year 2019. Further slowdown in 2020 seems unavoidable, so we won't be surprised if GDP growth sees as low as 5.7% in 2020 on a full-year basis (chart 1).