CHINA has reiterated its confidence in keeping next year's inflation rate to no more than 15 per cent, even though this year's figure has gone far beyond the government forecast of 21 per cent. Emerging from a meeting with Zhu Rongji, Vice-Premier in charge of financial matters, members of a delegation from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) said China would try its best to maintain inflation in 1995 at 13 per cent. But 15 per cent would be a much easier target, said DAB deputy chairman Tam Yiu-chung. The DAB was told that agricultural products had accounted for 65 per cent of the total inflation in 1994, while certain industrial products had seen a slight dropping of prices. The Government believed that residents in the cities could cope with the escalating inflation with the bonuses they received, but the retirees, students from rural areas as well as workers of losing enterprises would be adversely affected. Mr Tam said the authorities noted that some of the state-owned enterprises were enjoying surpluses, although some did lose out quite as seriously and were on the verge of bankruptcy. At a meeting to examine the problem of bankruptcy yesterday, the Government reaffirmed its policy of giving a higher priority to resettlement of employees than to repayment of bank loans.