China Cements Its Status as the Rock-Solid BRIC


A bleak year for the BRICS. Shares in countries once among the fastest-growing on the planet tumbling on lower growth prospects and a global emerging markets rout. But come the second half of the year, China's economic prospects are brightening. Manufacturing surveys show a pickup in demand. Exports are beating forecasts. And factory output is growing at its fastest pace this year. All while inflation looks under control.