The Chinese government said it would try to achieve an economic growth rate between 6.0 to 6.5 per cent in 2019, a moderate slowdown from previous years, but nevertheless a much faster rate compared with other major economies. Photo: Xinhua

China’s GDP growth could be half of reported number, says US economist at prominent Chinese university

  • US economist Michael Pettis of Peking University says China gross domestic product is overestimated as bad debt is not written down
  • Best way to solve problem would be to transfer wealth from state sector to consumers, Pettis said
Topic |   China economy

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The Chinese government said it would try to achieve an economic growth rate between 6.0 to 6.5 per cent in 2019, a moderate slowdown from previous years, but nevertheless a much faster rate compared with other major economies. Photo: Xinhua
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arriving at Friday’s press conference in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi calls for cooperation amid growing world tensions

  • Wide-ranging press conference covers relations with US as well as India-Pakistan relations, North Korea and other hot-button issues
  • Progress promised on South China Sea code of conduct
Topic |   Two Sessions 2019 (Lianghui)

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arriving at Friday’s press conference in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song
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