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State Economist: The Real Challenge in 2012 Will Be the Structural Adjustment of the Economy

Outlook Weekly recently interviewed Fang Jianping, the Chief Economist at China’s State Information Center. In the interview, Fang stated that the real challenge to the economy in 2012 will be the economic structural adjustments, rather than inflation or GDP growth. “Although the price level and growth rate may both show downward movement, it will not be drastic and will not exceed the expected range of the State’s macro-control. The potential growth rate of the economy is between 8 and 9 percent. The real challenge is whether there will be substantial progress in the structural adjustments.”

Source: Outlook Weekly, reprinted on China’s Communist Party website, January 17, 2012