BUSINESS Policy toolkit to further vitalize China's high-quality growth

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Policy toolkit to further vitalize China's high-quality growth

Xinhua

18:09, August 28, 2019

Front line staff members assemble an automobile at the First Automobile Works in Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, July 9, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING - Eyeing huge potential of China's economic growth, the country's policymakers have made precise arrangements for high-quality development, amid measures to further boost consumption.

Efforts will be made to improve regional economic planning featuring complementary advantages and high-quality development and to upgrade basic industries and industrial chains, according to the fifth meeting of the Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs.

Regional development

"China's current regional development is doing well, while the structure of economic development is undergoing profound changes, and central cities and city clusters are becoming the major vessels for development," the meeting said.

Facing mounting risks and challenges both at home and abroad, China has seen the in-depth implementation of its coordinated regional development strategy, with efforts to drive the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze Economic Belt and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

In its latest strategic move to further open up the economy and balance regional development, China unveiled a master plan for six new pilot free trade zones (FTZs), located in the provincial-level regions of Shandong, Jiangsu, Guangxi, Hebei, Yunnan and Heilongjiang.

Analysts believed that with constant optimization of the regional structure, the efficiency of resource allocation has been improved in an all-round way, leading to faster formation of the driving force for high-quality development.

The move will further unleash China's growth potential and invigorate the driving force of economic development, laying a solid ground for sustainable growth of the economy, said Xu Hongcai with the China Association of Policy Science.

Industrial upgrades

To upgrade China's industrial base and modernize its industrial chain, the meeting on Tuesday also called for efforts to combine government guidance and the market mechanism as well as to facilitate independence and opening-up.

More support is needed to strengthen industry collaboration and technological cooperation between upstream and downstream enterprises, in a bid to establish strategic industrial chains with more resilience, innovation and higher added value.

The world's largest manufacturer and the only country owning all industrial categories worldwide reported upbeat data in July although downward pressure remains.

The profits of China's major industrial firms rose 2.6 percent year-on-year in July, following the 3.1-percent decline in June, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Tuesday.

Petrochemicals, electrical machinery and automobiles are key industries pushing the growth rate of industrial profits in July, said NBS senior statistician Zhu Hong.

"Innovation capability is the core for industrial development to move up to the middle- and high-end of the global value chain and to increase added value," said Xu, noting the importance of both policy support and researchers' enthusiasm.

Consumption-boosting steps

The State Council, or China's cabinet, on Tuesday announced a guideline outlining 20 measures to tap China's consumption potential and better meet the demand of Chinese consumers.

The measures included lifting restrictions on car purchases, applying new technologies to promote the circulation of products, improving the infrastructure of commercial streets and accelerating the development of chain convenience stores, as well as fiscal and financial policies to expand consumption.

While China's domestic market has seen stable expansion, the country still faces many challenges in terms of lack of innovation for traditional retailers and inadequate supply of commodities and services, the State Council said in a statement.

"Based on the previous policies to improve the consumption system and mechanism, the reform and innovation measures are bolder steps covering a wider range, which are conducive to further optimizing the effective supply in circulation," said Guan Lixin, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation.

Consumption is playing an increasingly important role in China's economy, contributing as much as 60.1 percent to the country's GDP growth in the first half of the year.

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