The Peterson Institute for International Economics held a discussion of the recently released International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Report on China on September 21, 2017. Geoff Gottlieb, senior economist in the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, presented the conclusions of the 2017 Mission for China Article IV Consultation, including why the Fund team revised the growth outlook upwards three times this year, and how it sees the risks and policy priorities for the country. Commentators included James Daniel, IMF Mission Chief for China, and Nicholas R. Lardy, PIIE’s Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow.
Geoff Gottlieb is senior economist on the IMF’s China team and Mission Chief for the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Previously, Gottlieb was a member of the IMF’s Greece team where he was responsible for fiscal and debt issues during the 2012–14 program.
James Daniel, a UK national, joined the IMF in 1992. He is currently an assistant director in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department and mission chief for China. Previously he was mission chief for Australia, Spain, Italy, and Portugal.
Nicholas R. Lardy is the Anthony M. Solomon Senior Fellow at the Institute and one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese economic development. He joined the Institute in March 2003 from the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow from 1995 until 2003. Before Brookings, he taught at the University of Washington, where he was the director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1991 to 1995. His latest book is the widely-cited Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.