China’s Xi warns “period of turbulent change” as external risks rise

AUGUST 24, 2020 / 7:38 PM / UPDATED A DAY AGO

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that the world’s second-biggest economy is facing a period of ‘turbulent change’ and that rising external markets risk required policymakers to increasingly rely on domestic demand to spur growth.

FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Xi, chairing a seminar on Monday with a group of policy advisors and state economists, discussed the country’s mid- to long-term economic trends in preparation for the drafting of the 14th Five-year plan.

The five-yearly economic blueprint is expected to be unveiled in the annual parliament meeting next year, and Xi said China must be prepared for “a period of turbulent change” as the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated protectionism, hammered the world economy and disrupted supply chains.

In the coming period, we will face more and more headwinds in the external environment, and we must be prepared to deal with a series of new risks and challenges,” he said, according to comments released by state news agency Xinhua late Monday night.

Xi said the domestic market will “dominate the national economic cycle” in the future, but vowed to further open up China’s economy.

While Xi didn’t make direct references to intensifying U.S.-China tensions, he signaled China’s willingness to work on issues with the United States.

We must actively cooperate with all countries, regions and enterprises who are willing to cooperate with us, including states, localities and enterprises in the United States,” he said.

The United States and China have been engaged in nearly two years of tit-for-tat tariffs and angry rhetoric, with tensions between the two economic superpowers spilling into other areas.

The U.S. has sanctioned companies and individuals linked to a security crackdown in Hong Kong and human rights, banned a Chinese owned video app, penalized Chinese academics and closed Beijing’s consulate in Houston in recent months.

Xi also stressed the importance of technological innovation, adding without elaborating that China must “make breakthroughs in key core technologies as soon as possible.”

Reporting by Yawen Chen, Stella Qiu and Tony Munroe; Editing by Toby Chopra & Shri Navaratnam

Source: Reuters “China’s Xi warns “period of turbulent change” as external risks rise”

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5 Comments on “China’s Xi warns “period of turbulent change” as external risks rise”

  1. Sandamina says:

    “…Trust Chinese ingenuity …… it’s endless”

    Well I wish they would show some of this “Chinese ingenuity” you are so fond of as China is losing the race rather badly. I still hope that China can catch up


    • Steve says:

      Another mind bobbling commentary – in 2019 US deficit almost a trillion $$ and 9 months into 2020 US already in deficit 3 trillion $$.US printing press is running hot non stop. China is the only major country to make a surplus. Your pea brain is embarrassing. Drinking too much toddy or off the cow lately.?


    • Joseph says:

      Wow, the Chinese ingenuity is really getting to your nerve endlessly, eh? No worries, you can always try some Indian ingenuity, yoga. Take some deep breath and say oohmm. . . What? It doesn’t work? It figures. Try some acupuncture instead. It is a Chinese ingenuity too. Just don’t let Indian or American doing it. They could get the wrong nerve.


  2. Steve says:

    It’s China’s reliance on domestic demand to spur growth Vs USA Vice versa – And I bet my bottom $$$ that China will come out on top, US in bigtime trouble.
    Trust Chinese ingenuity …… it’s endless.


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