China has an important part to play in the global economy as it recovers from Covid-19, but its growth is slowing, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Monday. The head of the Washington-based crisis lender held a virtual meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and discussed topics ranging from inflation to the recovery from the pandemic, according to a statement released by the IMF. “China achieved a truly remarkable recovery, but its growth momentum has been slowing notably. As China is a vital engine for global growth, taking strong actions to support high-quality growth will help not only China, but the world,” Georgieva said. In October, the IMF lowered its forecasts for China’s growth due to an accelerating pullback in public spending, predicting an eight percent expansion this year and 5.6 percent growth in 2022. While the 2021 figure is Beijing’s strongest rate of growth since 2011, analysts warn that China is facing a painful fallout from real estate weakness and shocks from surging coal prices and shortages.