Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Asian Economies On The Rebound

THE ECONOMIST -- More green shoots have appeared in America in recent weeks, but they are nothing by comparison with the lush jungle sprouting in the East. Asia’s emerging economies probably grew at an average annualised rate of over 10% in the second quarter, while America’s GDP fell by 1%. In 2009 as a whole, recent forecasts suggest that emerging Asia could grow by at least 5%, while the G7 economies contract by 3.5%. The growth gap between the two has never been wider. How have these export-dependent economies managed to decouple from the developed world? And can their recovery last?

The countries that have so far published second-quarter GDP figures show an impressive bounce. Comparing the second quarter with the first at an annualised rate, China’s GDP grew by 15%, South Korea’s by almost 10%, Singapore’s soared by 21% and Indonesia’s managed a respectable 5%. Other countries in the region are also likely to show a rebound. It is true that output in South Korea and Singapore was still lower than a year earlier, but quarterly changes are more useful for spotting turning points—and this is how growth rates are most commonly measured in America.

The revival in emerging Asia’s industrial production is even more impressive, jumping by an annualised rate of 36% in the second quarter. According to Barclays Capital, emerging Asia is the only region in the world where output has regained its level before the crisis (see chart above). This is largely due to China, where industrial production rose by 11% in the 12 months to July, but all the Asian countries have seen a strong pick-up. In contrast, up to June, America’s production continued to fall.

HT: Benny
Originally posted at Carpe Diem.


At 8/18/2009 9:00 PM, Anonymous Mika said...

Hmmm. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many of these Asian economies had a massive injection of government stimulus as did China?

At 8/18/2009 9:32 PM, Blogger bobble said...

how trustworthy are the economic stats coming out of china?

At 8/18/2009 10:33 PM, Blogger bobble said...

LOL, here's one reason world commodity prices are up:

"Pig farmers in Guangzhou province were buying copper or nickel . . . reportedly using bank loans to stockpile copper scrap, with one merchant saying he has stored 20,000 tons . . .

The People’s Bank of China scrapped lending quotas in November, triggering a record 7.73 trillion yuan of new loans this year. M2, the broadest measure of money supply, rose 28.4 percent in July from a year earlier."

Bloomberg: Copper Stockpiled by China’s Pig Farmers

At 8/18/2009 11:38 PM, Blogger KO said...

Most countries have tried some form of stimulus. One key thing is, they actually used stimulus money for stimulating things like widening roads, ports, electrical lines, etc.

In the US we get longer unemployment benefits, the annual AMT fix, dog parks, bike paths, and money to help keep government employees employed.

Try finding products in your house that are not from Asia. Even Starkist Tuna. The cans are mainly South American. The foil pouches are from Thailand. At Macy's check the shirt labels of any designer brand and you rarely see China now. Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand are pretty common.

If carbon taxes come in, we know India and China aren't going to be subjected the same constraints. Watch the rocket if that happens.


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