Chinese Premier Statrs that Economic Growth Goal remains at about 5%, matching last year’s rate

Despite predictions of a slowdown, Chinese Premier Li Qiang has announced that China’s economic growth target for this year is set at around 5%, similar to last year’s performance. The ruling Communist Party is focusing on boosting consumer spending to stimulate the economy, following a 5.2% growth rate in 2021 after a sluggish 3% growth in 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his speech outlining government plans ahead of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People, Li stressed the importance of striking a balance between security, stability, and economic goals, while also improving policy implementation. He highlighted the need for clear communication of policies to the public to create a stable and predictable environment for businesses and consumers.

The hoped-for consumer-led recovery following the easing of pandemic restrictions faltered last year due to concerns over housing prices and job security, leading many households to save rather than spend. However, current leader Xi Jinping has consolidated control over the economy, signaling a centralized approach to economic management.

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