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China should stop setting annual GDP targets, central bank adviser says

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China should stop setting annual GDP targets, central bank adviser says

SKYLINE. The moon shines above buildings in Beijing, China, January 15, 2021.

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China is urged to focus on stabilizing employment and controlling inflation

China should stop setting annual economic growth targets and instead focus on stabilizing employment and controlling inflation as its main macroeconomic policy goals, an adviser for the country’s central bank said.

Ma Jun, in a transcript of remarks he made at a forum in China published on Monday, January 25, said the central bank should also actively consider relaxing some measures on foreign exchange outflows to alleviate the upwards pressure on its currency and further efforts to internationalize the yuan.

The world’s second largest economy grew 2.3% in 2020, when the country decided not to set an annual growth target due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Growth is expected to accelerate to 8.4% this year, according to a Reuters poll, which would mark the fastest rate expansion in a decade. – Rappler.com

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