All the way to the bank of BRICS

Updated: 2013-03-26 23:59

By Zhang Chunyan in London (China Daily)

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O'Neill continues to put his confidence in emerging markets, remains bullish on China, and believes the country's slowing 2012 growth will pick up in 2013.

O'Neill first came to China in 1990, and since then has witnessed profound changes and transformations in the country. He shaped an era for Goldman Sachs Asset Management by shifting focus from G7 countries to emerging markets, particularly China.

"The importance and scale of China for the world, never mind within the BRICS group, is next to none and vital for us all," he said.

As a result, he said, the decisions China makes — both in its own right and within a BRICS context — are extremely important.

"This decade, China will grow by around 7.5 percent (annually) and I am happy with that."

He is also a bit surprised by the weakness of the retail sales numbers reported this year, which suggests that China needs to boost consumption, which might need more policy support.

Assuming the Chinese government does pull that off, O'Neill said it would mean China will succeed in doubling both real GDP and real incomes this decade as planned, and this would be good for the world.

Other BRICS countries, O'Neill said, need to concentrate on their own priorities rather than worry about China, as they also have things to achieve.


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