China is set to return to the heyday of double-digit gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2014, driven by a revival in global demand that will ignite the country's export engine, according to an investment strategist.
"I'm looking for 10 percent by the end of the year from China - they will be surprising a lot of people. With the U.S. dollar going up, look for exports out of China to start picking up," Jack Bouroudjian, chief investment officer at Index Financial Partners told CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box" on Friday.
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The world's second-largest economy last saw double-digit growth rates in the second quarter of 2010, when it grew at a rate of 10.3 percent. For 2013, the economy is expected to post growth of 7.6 percent, according to a Reuters poll, a touch above the government's target of 7.5 percent.
"Pay attention to what's going on around China because I have a feeling that is one of the things that's really going to drive the double-digit-growth," he said, citing increased demand out of neighboring Japan as its economy strengthens.
However, the country's recent economic indicators, such as the final HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for December, have suggested unsteady external demand.