China to meet this year's 7.5% growth target - Premier LiMonday 16 June 2014 07.25
China is confident it will hit its growth target of 7.5% this year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said today, adding the government was ready to adjust policy to make sure it does.
Writing in The Times newspaper on the eve of his visit to London, Li said slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy was normal and not a problem.
"China's economy needs to grow at a proper rate, expected to be around 7.5% this year," Li wrote. "It is slower than the past, but normal."
"Despite considerable downward pressure, China's economy is moving on a steady course. We will continue to make anticipatory and moderate adjustments when necessary. We are well prepared to defuse various risks. We are confident that this year's growth target will be met," he added.
A Reuters poll in April forecast China's economic growth could slow to 7.3% in the second quarter from a 18-month low of 7.4% in the previous quarter, with full-year growth of 7.3% in 2014, the weakest in 24 years.
Li has previously signalled some flexibility in achieving this year's growth target although analysts say the government wants to prevent growth from falling towards 7%, as that could fuel job losses and threaten social stability.