Dr Doom Puts China’s GDP at Closer to 4% as Exports Slow, Debt Bubble Looms

China’s economy isn’t growing anywhere near as fast as official figures suggest, perma-bear Marc Faber, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Speaking before the release of heavily anticipated Chinese growth figures for 2015, Faber, the publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, put the country’s growth at about 4 percent, far from the 7 percent Beijing was aiming for, or the 6.9 percent it achieved.

“An economy is very complex and you have some sectors of an economy expanding and some sectors contracting,” Faber told CNBC’s Squawk Box. But he added, “My sense is that at very best, the economy is growing at around 4 percent per annum but it could be lower.”

Gross domestic product (GDP) growth on the mainland slowed to 6.9 percent in 2015, a 25-year low, figured released on Tuesday showed. Fourth-quarter GDP came in at 6.8 percent.

Both numbers were in line with expectations, but China’s reported economic data routinely meets with skepticism.

“There are numerous indicators and some of them are actually reliable, if you look at say imports and exports, from Taiwan and South Korea into China. You get the sense that the economy is actually quite weak,” Faber said.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.