Summary of China’s Slowdown

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China’s Slowdown summary
The speed of China’s slowdown will affect the economies of the European Union in different ways.


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China’s economy is slowing to a more sustainable level of growth as it transitions from its dependence on export and investment to a greater focus on consumer goods and services. But other variables, such as commodity prices, will likely contribute to the speed of the decline, which will influence, to varying degrees, economic growth prospects in Europe and in other regions around the world. This concise commentary from researchers Mikkel Barslund and Cinzia Alcidi of the Centre for European Policy Studies, though at times difficult to parse, nonetheless outlines the projected impacts of Chinese economic deceleration on members of the European Union. getAbstract recommends this scholarly piece to executives and investors for its relevance to the global economic outlook in 2016.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the Chinese economy is slowing down
  • How this might affect the European Union
  • What could happen in the event of a more abrupt decline in the Chinese economy


China is shifting from a domestic investment-driven economy to a consumer-led economy on its way to achieving more manageable growth. The potential effects of this rebalancing are global, both economically and politically, and will depend on how rapidly the transition takes place.

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Mikkel Barslund and Cinzia Alcidi are researchers at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a leading European think tank.

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