HONG KONG - The outbreak of the new and highly contagious strain of coronavirus in the Chinese city of Wuhan brings with it new doubts about the expected recovery of the global economy, and in particular about the growth of China, the world's second largest economy, says BBVA Bank.
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KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysia' s GDP growth inQ4 2019 eased to 3.6% y/y - the weakest in 10 years - on the back of weak external demand.
SHANGHAI - China's smartphone shipments are likely to suffer a year-on-year drop of more than 30% in the first quarter of 2020 due to the novel coronavirus that has led to the shutdown of countless handset manufacturing plants in the country.
HONG KONG - In its 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Transparency International reports that the Asia-Pacific region has not witnessed substantial progress in anti-corruption efforts - but China's global CPI ranking has improved by seven places, while its CPI score improved by two points.