As the country escaped from severe Covid restrictions, China’s economy grew more quickly than projected in the first three months of the year.
According to government statistics, GDP increased by 4.5% when compared to the same quarter previous year.
Increases in consumer expenditure and industrial output drove the major economic indicator higher.
When it lifted coronavirus controls in December, Beijing made a promise to improve the world’s second-largest economy.
Statistics reveal economy boost in China
Separate statistics released on Tuesday showed a 10.6% year-over-year increase in retail sales for March, the primary measure of consumer spending.
At the same time, manufacturing output increased by 3.9%, which was somewhat below expectations.
In the meantime, the airline industry showed signs of a robust recovery.
According to the China Civil Aviation Administration, there were more than 45 million passenger flights this month, a nearly threefold rise from the same period in 2017.
After declaring a significant relaxation of restrictions in March, the nation resumed processing visa applications.
After the Chinese government eliminated coronavirus restrictions, investors were keen to see the numbers to gauge the strength of China’s recovery.
Beijing has also loosened its crackdown on major tech firms and real estate developers that had been going on for three years.
While the most recent numbers are encouraging, one analyst told the international news agency that the current rate of development is unsustainable.
Rather, “what’s more likely to happen in the coming months is that people might get over the initial high after the reopening,” said Dan Wang, chief economist at Hang Seng Bank (China).
“Manufacturing demand might decline, which cannot sustain a boom in exports because the global economy is slowing down rather than speeding up,” she continued.
The People’s Bank of China and other authorities have promised to do more to bolster the Chinese economy in an effort to reduce unemployment, but their hands are constrained.
Due to coronavirus measures, China’s GDP growth last year fell to one of its lowest levels in over half a century.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a crucial indicator of an economy’s health. It aids in corporate expansion and hiring decisions and the government in budgeting and taxation.
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