China economy sanguine last year: Official

Beijing, March 6 (IANS) China’s economy had a “sanguine performance” last year, a senior regulator said on Sunday on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.

Xu Shaoshi, who heads the National Development and Reform Commission, said the economy’s speed change, structure optimisation and gear shift were all smooth, Xinhua news agency reported.

Economic growth registered at 6.9 percent last year, meeting the “around 7 percent” target, Xu said.

Unlike previous years when investment was a major contributor to growth, consumption accounted for 66.4 percent and investment only 10 percent, he said.

Services, rather than agriculture and industry, now account for more than half of GDP, Xu said.

Early indications this year also showed positive signs, including rising consumer prices and power generation, he said.

But China must not underestimate risks this year, he said, mentioning a slowly-recovering world economy, dipping prices in bulk commodities and geopolitical risks.

Domestic situation, including slowing growth, dropping prices of industrial goods, and declining corporate profits and fiscal revenue, has called for high alert, Xu said.

The government has a broad enough toolkit for the economy, and is doing research to prepare more policy measures, he added.

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