March 13, 2023 00:15 GMT
MNI China Press Digest March 13: Growth, NDRC, PBOC Governor
MNI picks key stories from today's China press
Highlights from Chinese press reports on Monday:
- China must grow at a reasonable level that is conducive to high quality growth, while ensuring the rate is fast enough to support the expansion of employment and improvements to people’s livelihoods, according to Zhao Chenxin, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Speaking at the National People's Congress, Zhao said China’s sound economic fundamentals had not changed, noting 27 of 31 provinces had set GDP growth targets higher than 5% as evidence of a strong recovery this year. He said the NDRC would focus on expanding domestic demand with deepening supply-side structural reforms, as well as supporting consumption. (Source Yicai.com)
- The re-election of Yi Gang as governor of the People's Bank of China will help maintain policy stability and ensure financial support for the real economy will remain strong, according to Yicai.com. The paper said Yi is a determined reformer, who bases decisions on data-driven analysis. The reappointment of Yi, along with Finance Minister Liu Kun, signals a continuation of China’s opening up policy and market based reforms. Analysts said Yi and Liu's record in maintaining stability, managing financial risks, and navigating complex external environments make them well suited for the period ahead.
- China’s growth target of around 5% this year is achievable given the longer term trend of development and the high frequency data since the start of this year, according to Kang Yi, director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Speaking on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress, Kang said he was confident in the overall improvement of economic activity so far this year. He cited growth in rail freight volume, power generation and loan expansion as evidence the economic rebound was on track, saying he was “really confident in the future”. (Source Yicai.com)