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UK's Osborne takes his 'dangerous cocktail' warning to Davos

[DAVOS] UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne warned that the global economy faces a "dangerous cocktail of risks" as China's growth slows and oil prices drop, underlining the need for countries to work together and push through economic reforms.

"My message today is one of confidence: we can meet these risks and overcome them if we stick to our plan," Mr Osborne said in the extracts of a speech prepared for delivery at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday.

While oil at under US$30 a barrell helps British consumers by making energy cheaper, Mr Osborne said it has also created volatility. Combined with a weak start to the corporate earnings season and higher interest rates in the US, this is creating a "hazardous mix" of factors underpinning the global economy, he said.

"2016 has been the worst start to a year for the financial markets in my lifetime," said Mr Osborne, 44.

The International Monetary Fund this week cut its world growth outlook, predicting 3.4 per cent expansion this year, down from a projected 3.6 per cent in October. Oil prices at 12-year lows and slowing growth in China have spurred a wave of volatility through global financial markets in 2016.