China Signals Slower Growth Is Acceptable to Tackle Debt, Smog

27 Dec 2017   Air Quality, China

Senior official says doubling GDP by 2020 not a ‘huge barrier’ Leaders focus on ‘critical battles’ against debt, pollution China can achieve a goal of doubling the size of its economy by 2020 even if annual expansion slows to 6.3 percent, according to a senior Communist Party official, signaling a greater willingness to tackle debt and pollution at the expense of growth. In its blueprint for 2016 to 2020, China set a minimum annual growth target of 6.5 percent for the five-year period to achieve the goal of doubling gross domestic product from 2010 levels. But over the weekend, Yang Weimin, an official from the Communist Party committee overseeing economic policy, said annualized growth of 6.3 percent in 2018-2020 would do. Based on current economic performance, the 2020 target won’t be a “huge barrier,” the official Xinhua News Agency cited Yang, deputy head of the Office of the Central […]

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