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Posted on People’s Daily Online, Tuesday December 6th, 2016
Reform will boost the growth potential of China’s economy, and China is expected to achieve GDP per capita of $12,600 in 2022, making it a high income country, said Cai Fang, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Shanghai Securities News reported.
Cai made his remarks at a Dec.5 economics forum in Shanghai. He predicted that China’s GDP growth rate would be between 6.2 and 6.7 percent during the 13th Five Year Planperiod. Zhu Baoliang, chief economist at the Economic Forecast Department of China’sState Information Center, as well as Li Xunlei, a member of the Shanghai FinanceInstitute’s Academic Committee, consider the GDP growth rate in 2016 to be 6.7 percent. The rate is projected to be 6.3 percent in 2017.
According to Zhu, China’s economy has not yet reached its nadir; the second lowest levelwill emerge in 2018. Li pointed out that downward pressure will also be present in 2017.
China’s economy is on an Lshaped trajectory in both the short term and long term, saidCai. The economic growth rate is declining due to a disappearance of demographic dividends. While the growth will not see a Vshaped rebound, reform can still improve it.
According to Cai, the long-term L-shaped trajectory is created by long term reformdividends. For example, household registration system reform can improve the labor participation rate of nonagricultural industries, as well as the productivity rate of the supply side, enlarging consumption from the demand side.
Zhu pointed out that China’s economic growth should focus on supply-side structural reform, to further reduce excess capacity, strengthen market means and risk prevention, and promote reforms in administrative and stateowned enterprises, including those related to finance, taxation, land and social security.