China unveils economic blueprint for 2016

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS) China’s top leadership has announced an overarching strategy to lead the economy’s ongoing transition, the media reported on Tuesday.

President Xi Jinping said the country’s emphasis next year will be on supply-side reform, or a package of supply-side policies to release new demand and boost new productivity, the Global Times reported.

He was speaking on Monday at the conclusion of the Central Economic Work Conference, which was held along with the Central Urban Work Conference.

Economists said this means that China will no longer seek to fuel economic growth solely by using fiscal and monetary measures to boost capital investment, consumption and exports.

Instead, the government will be more focused on devising policies which, from the supply side, are aimed at helping the industries it wants to support. Outdated businesses will also be phased out.

The Central Economic Work Conference has pledged to launch a series of policies next year that have been discussed for a long time, including more tax cuts, incentives for specific industries, regulatory reforms and more aid to lift people out of poverty.

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