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Čína a budoucnost cen komodit

MANILA – Současné zpomalování růstu v Číně má nepochybně dalekosáhlé dopady na světovou ekonomiku. Podíl tohoto zpomalení na prudkém poklesu cen komodit, k němuž dochází od roku 2014 – a který je zničující pro země vyvážející komodity, včetně kdysi dynamických rozvíjejících se ekonomik –, je však omezenější, než se obecně předpokládá. Ve skutečnosti je čínské zpomalení jen jednou kapitolou příběhu o cenách komodit.

Jistě, existuje zřejmá souvztažnost mezi růstem čínského HDP a cenami komodit. V prvních letech nového tisíciletí, kdy se růst v Číně zrychloval, ceny komodit prudce rostly; od počátku čínského zpomalení v roce 2011 klesly ceny energií o 70%, ceny kovů o 50% a ceny zemědělských komodit o 35%.

Názor, že zpomalení v Číně je hlavním důvodem kolapsu cen komodit, je však přinejlepším neúplný. Jak ukazuje nový výzkum Asijské rozvojové banky, Čína sice hraje na komoditních trzích významnou roli – například představuje zhruba polovinu globální spotřeby kovů, uhlí a vepřového masa –, avšak ani zdaleka není tak dominantní, jak se obecně soudí. Představuje necelou pětinu světové spotřeby cukru, pšenice, drůbeže a hovězího masa, 12% světové spotřeby surové ropy a 5% spotřeby zemního plynu. A mezi některými komoditami, které zažily nejvýraznější pokles cen – zejména jde o ropu (pokles o 73%) a zemní plyn (pokles o 55%) –, figurují právě ty, u nichž je Čína relativně malým odběratelem.

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