Perverse dependence on Asia

By Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira

Published originally in portuguese in the Folha de S. Paulo, January 16, 2012

In his last column, Martin Wolf mentioned the fact that, since 2007, the fast-growing Asian countries have grown by 60%, whereas rich countries have grown by 3%, and he pinned the world's economic hopes in Asia. Brazil, in the same period, grew by modest 16%. Brazilians also depend on the increase in Asian demand to achieve their growth. Brazilian economy is not stagnant as the economy of developed countries, but, in terms of growth, it is closer to them than to countries such as China and India.

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