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UPDATED: May 20, 2009
NDRC: China will Meet Economic Growth Target of 8%
China will be able to meet the target of achieving eight percent economic growth in 2009

China will definitely be able to meet the target of achieving eight percent economic growth in 2009, a senior official of the country's top economic planning body said Monday.

"Judging from the indicators of the first four months, I do believe it is highly possible to achieve an eight percent growth for the full year. In fact, I believe the target will definitely be met," said Xulin, head of the Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs of the National Development and Reform Commission.

Speaking at a briefing in Hong Kong, Xu said the basic assessment was that there has been consolidation in the recovery momentum and that the minor slowdown in April, normal as it has been when considering the past experiences, did not necessarily signal a second bottom in the ongoing economic downturn.

Economic planners have been monitoring the economy closely and are prepared to put in place additional measures in the coming months if it is necessary, Xu said.

Post-earthquake reconstruction in Sichuan province was being carried out quicker than previously planned. Small and medium enterprises were receiving financing aid from guarantee programs, Xu told local as well as foreign reporters.

The National Development and Reform Commission will approve 600 billion yuan ($88 billion) of corporate bonds this year as the IPO market remained cool, compared with 236 billion ($35 billion) for 2008, Xu said.

The debt of the Chinese government was about 20 percent of gross domestic product, compared with over 190 percent for Japan, close to 100 percent for the United States and 60 percent on average for the European economies.

The Chinese government has planned a budget deficit of 950 billion yuan ($139 billion) for 2009, which represented about 2.8 percent of gross domestic product.

Xu said the ample resources could sustain heavy government investment to stimulate the economy for several years although "it was not necessary. "The Chinese government will spend more resources to develop public housing programs and a pension system and to push forward the health reform, so as to increase the contribution of domestic consumption to economic growth," Xu said.

"I don't think export can still play the roles as they did in past few years in driving the Chinese economy," Xu said, adding that China, as a responsible player, would like to see a moderately stable yuan.

(Xinhua News Agency May 19, 2009)

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