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China is still a driving force for global economic growth: Premier Li


“China is not the origin of global economic risks. Instead, it is a driving force for global economic growth. ” China's Premier Li Keqiang said at the World Economic Forum in Dalian. In the face of the world leaders from the top multinational companies and people from media, he clearly expressed his confidence in China's economy.

Answering the question of “What is the new driving force ofChina's economic growth?” Li Keqiang said, “The world economy is still going down. China’s economy also bears downward pressure.” China’s economy could be described as “having a bright future in spite of fluctuations”, or the trend still points to a better position. That’s because China had 7% growth in the first half of the year, the best rates among the world’s major economies.

“I once said that as long as there are enough jobs, household income grows at the same pace as GDP growth, and the environment is constantly improving, such a growth rate is satisfactory. Urban unemployment rate in the first six months was 5.1%, and 7 million new urban jobs were created. This proves that China’s economy is growing within a reasonable range.” Premier Li Keqiang explained.

There were reports about China’s “deterioration of environment”for foreign investment. Li Keqiang permitted that China’s general policy of using FDI will not be changed, but specific policies are indeed evolvingtowards the direction of attractingmore foreign investment and opening more fields to foreign companies. For instance, China broadened fields of foreign investment, and lifted restrictions on 50%of the items since this year. To better facilitate foreign investment, China has basically changed from the approval system to a record-keeping system. Now only less tan 5% of the items need to be approved.

Lisaid China is exploring a new regulation model with pre-entry national treatment and the negative list. China negotiates for a bilateral investment treaty with the United States and the EU. China is also involvedin free-trade agreement talks with many countries.

Li Keqiang pointed out, “There will be more fields open to foreign investment in a more convenient way. China’s capacity to attract foreign investment has also been improved. In the first half of 2015, China’s FDI has increased by 7.7 %, while the FDI in the world was not good.”

After Q and A with Premier Li, one of representatives, the founder and CEO of the Abraaj Group from United Arab Emirates Arif Naqvi told People’s Daily, " Premier Li Keqiangspent one hour on giving us a comprehensive account of the current situation of China's economy. Now, I feel completely relieved that China welcomes the enterprises of foreign investment in China.What I want to say most to the media at this moment is that I will invest in China."


Chinese economy facing more opportunities than challenges: Premier Li

Zhao Cheng from People’s Daily

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reassured international investors and business leaders on Wednesday as to the robust state of China’s economy at the Summer Davos Forum on Wednesday.

"The economy is stabilizing despite a slower pace of growth,” said Li during the opening ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning Province. “Generally, the economy faces more opportunities than challenges, although there are still difficulties."

Li stressed that China is speeding up economic structural reforms, explaining that the service industry is currently contributing to half of total GDP, while domestic consumption accounts for 60 percent of economic growth.

High-tech industries have performed better overall; domestic demand had witnessed vigorous growth in the fields of information, culture, health and travel, while energy conservation, environmental protection and green economy sectors have experienced rapid growth.

In response to questions about concerns of an impending "hard landing,” Li said, "the Chinese economy will not suffer a 'hard landing,' and this is not just empty words."

Li said although the Chinese economy has experienced downward pressure in recent years, China refrained from issuing excess currency or large-scale stimulation plans. Instead, the nation enhanced economic vitality through reforms, which not only stabilized the economy as a whole, but also lay solid ground for future adjustments. Besides, China's fiscal deficit is relatively lower in comparison to other major world economies. 

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