“The golden age of infrastructure investment is behind us now,” wrote Dong Tao, Credit Suisse chief economist for the Asia region, in a report that helped fuel the selling after Premier Wen Jiabao announced the lower growth forecast. “The golden age of the housing boom is behind us now” too, along with the boom in exports and tailwind from policy stimulus, said Tao.
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Investors are worried that China’s decade-long run as the world's growth engine may be over— along with unprecedented demand for commodities and ultra-cheap labor and parts for manufacturers.
Stocks fell Monday partly on such fears, while traders dumped assets such as copper and shares of Caterpillar
The reaction came after China cut its GDP target for this year to 7.5 percent, which would represent the slowest economic growth in eight years. That compares to an average growth rate of 11 percent over the last decade.
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