China achieves economic growth goal in 2019: official

By Huang Ge Source:Global Times Published: 2020/1/12 20:34:57

Aerial photo shows the Yangshan Deep Water Port of east China's Shanghai. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

China's economic growth in 2019 met the government's target thanks to supportive policies and the acceleration of the domestic economic transformation, despite downward pressure persisting amid uncertainties in the global market because of trade tensions with the US, experts said on Sunday.

China will achieve its GDP growth target of 6-6.5 percent in 2019, Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planner, told a forum over the weekend.

China's economic growth has always remained within a reasonable range, Ning said. The nation's economic growth rate is the highest among economies of more than $1 trillion, according to the official.

The remarks came as Chinese trade negotiators were scheduled to set off to the US on Monday for the planned signing of a phase one trade deal in Washington.

China is scheduled to reveal the fourth-quarter and full-year GDP rates for 2019 on Friday.

Although China's economic development faced downward pressure in 2019 due to sluggish market demand across the globe, growth was within the target range, Liu Xuezhi, a senior economist at the Bank of Communications, told the Global Times on Sunday.

China's GDP growth for 2019 was 6.1 percent and the growth in the fourth quarter was likely to have been 6 percent, remaining the same as the third quarter, Liu estimated.

Apart from uncertainties in the world market, Liu attributed the slowdown to some domestic factors, such as "the declining growth of manufacturing, labor-intensive and high-energy consumption industries as well as the country's economic structural adjustment."

The signing of the phase one trade deal with the US will help ease some of the negative impact on the global market that will influence China's economic development in 2020, Liu said. 

This year will feature stabilized growth, driven by the resilient power of Chinese consumption and the development of emerging industries such as the high-tech sector, which will also play a vital role in driving the country's economic growth in 2020, Wu Hao, a Shenzhen-based industry analyst, told the Global Times on Sunday.

China's GDP growth is expected to be around 6.1 percent in 2020, according to a forecast released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences on Thursday.

Local economies also stabilized, which can be seen from yearly economic data released by several local governments in recent days.

GDP growth for Beijing was about 6.2 percent in 2019 and is forecast to achieve 6 percent in 2020. 

China's GDP is estimated at 100 trillion yuan ($14.45 trillion) in 2019 and per capita GDP probably reached $10,000 for the first time, Ning said, noting the economic scale means that individual and business incomes increased, and living standards improved.

Also, it's a milestone in human history, Ning said.
Newspaper headline: China achieves 2019 economic growth goal of 6-6.5%: official


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