OREANDA-NEWS  "China, which previously led recovery in the region, is projected to grow by 2.8% in 2022, a sharp deceleration from 8.1% in 2021," the World Bank said.For the East Asia and the Pacific region, growth is projected to slow to 3.2% this year from 7.2% in 2021, before accelerating to 4.6% next year, the bank added.

World Bank regional Vice President Manuela Ferro acknowledged that most economies are demonstrating recovery. However, she warned, they should be ready for slowing global growth and should address domestic policy distortions that are an impediment to longer term development.

Recovery in domestic demand became the major driver for the growth in most of the region, the bank noted.These developments have increased the burden of servicing debt and shrunk fiscal space, hurting countries that entered the pandemic with a high debt burden, it added.World Bank East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist Aaditya Mattoo warned that policymakers have to make a tough choice between curbing inflation and supporting economy. "Controls and subsidies muddy price signals and hurt productivity. Better policies for food, fuel, and finance would spur growth and insure against inflation," he said.