Robert Walker is a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute and works as an economist in the Institute’s Indo-Pacific Development Centre. His work focuses on emerging Asian economies as well as growth and development in the Indo-Pacific region. Robert’s interests include macroeconomic policy, aid and development, geoeconomics and Indo-Pacific and European international political economy.
Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Robert worked in the Australian Department of the Treasury in international macroeconomic forecasting and at the Australian National University’s Australian Centre on China in the World. He holds a Master’s degree in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University with a specialisation in macroeconomic policy, and a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney.
A weak economy will itself increase China’s export competitiveness.
There is no straightforward path to escape weak demand and the financial risks from the ongoing real estate bust.
The economic logic of charging beyond lending rates doesn’t add up and also undermines the Fund’s legitimacy.
A strong initial rebound perhaps but held back by major downward pressures.