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WEF chair expresses confidence in Chinese economy

Source:People's Daily Online 2024-01-23

World Economic Forum (WEF) Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab expressed confidence in the future of the Chinese economy during an interview with CGTN at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Schwab said he visited China in 1979 and was impressed by its economic development journey since then. At that time, China's GDP was more than 100 times lower than it is now, and its trade volume showed an even larger difference. Schwab observed that China has transformed from an underdeveloped country to a leader in many technologies.

Despite some opinions suggesting that China's economic development has reached its peak, Schwab believes China will effectively respond to challenges such as an aging society, debt, and the real estate market. He is confident that China will discover new patterns of economic growth.

While China's GDP has grown to represent 20 percent of the global GDP, its per capita GDP remains lower than that of most developed nations, indicating potential for further development, economic growth and dynamism, according to Schwab.

"All countries at the moment go through difficult economic times for different reasons, but I feel China will have the wisdom to address the particular challenges, which are facing the Chinese economy," said Schwab.

The WEF Annual Meeting was held from Jan. 15 to 19, 2024.

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