China's GDP growth to top 7% in first three quarters: official
2009-October-20 Source: China View website
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China's gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first three quarters should exceed 7 percent, Xiong Bilin, deputy director general of the Industry Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said Monday (Oct 19).

The specific GDP growth figure in the first three quarters is scheduled to be released Thursday.

Few difficulties stood in the way of China realizing its annual target -- made early this year -- of 8 percent GDP growth year on year, said Xiong at a press conference highlighting production overcapacity.

The government's 4-trillion-yuan (585.65 billion USD) stimulus package, rolled out in November last year, contributed much to China's economic recovery, Xiong said.

China's GDP growth was 7.1 percent in the first half over the same period last year with 6.1 percent in the first quarter and 7.9 percent in the second.

The NDRC would mainly redress production overcapacity in six sectors, including steel, cement, plate glass, the coal-chemical industry, polycrystalline silicon and wind power equipment, said Xiong.

The NDRC also warned of obvious production overcapacity in sectors like electrolytic aluminum, ship manufacturing and soybean oil extraction.

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