China’s economy is experiencing a “pretty solid V-shaped recovery” amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled the world’s economy, said BHP Group CEO Mike Henry to CNBC on Aug 26.
As the world’s largest miner, the Australian resources company is heavily exposed to economic booms and busts, with China standing out as one of the bright spots for BHP, Henry said.
Spot iron ore prices grew to their highest level since 2014 on Monday, thanks to China’s infrastructure boom, according to commodity price reporting agency Argus.
China imported a record 112.65 million metric tons of iron ore in July, up 24 percent on a yearly basis, said CNBC.
“The [Chinese] government has stepped in with some stimulus that we expect is going to create further momentum through to next calendar year. So things are looking pretty positive and pretty resilient,” Henry said on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.
The CEO also believes a rebound for the world economy is underway, although it will take a few years.
“We expect there to be a pretty sharp uptick again next year, so we foresee it taking about a year for the world to get back to the levels of economic activity that existed pre-COVID, and maybe two or three years for the world to get back fully on the track that it would have been on if not for COVID-19,” he added.