ADB cuts Asia growth forecasts on China slowdown

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Asia’s economic growth will slow to a crawl this year amid weaker expansion in China, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday.

ADB trimmed the growth outlook for developing Asia to 6.3% this year from 6.6% as China’s slowing economic growth weakened momentum throughout the region.

The Manila-based lender also cut its 2014 forecast to 6.4% from 6.7%, Bloomberg reports.

“The drop in trade and scaling back of investment are part of a more balanced growth path for China, and the knock-on effect of its slower pace is definitely a concern for the region,” ADB chief economist Changyong Rhee said in a statement.

“We are also seeing more subdued activity across much of developing Asia.”

The report came a day after Beijing released data showing sluggish growth for a second successive month in April-June, according to AFP.

China, the world’s second-largest economy, said Monday gross domestic product expanded 7.5% in the second quarter, following 7.7% in the previous three months and 7.9% in October-December.

ADB now projects China’s economy growing 7.7% this year and 7.5% in 2014. Both figures are lower than its April forecasts of 8.2% and 8.0%.

Southeast Asia’s economies is expected to expand 5.2% this year, down from 5.4%, the ADB report said.