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First quarter 'sound' despite slower growth (2)

By Chen Jia in Beijing, Yu Ran in Shanghai and Tuo Yannan in Brussels  (China Daily)

08:23, April 16, 2013

Zhu Qingguo, chairman of the Guangdong Textile Industry Association, said: "Last year was the worst year for the textile industry in the past decade with a sharp decrease in orders for manufacturers."

"The industry is trying to fight back slowly this year although the overall economy hasn't recovered yet," he said.

The complicated international economic situation and the faltering recovery have influenced China's growth, the NBS spokesman said.

"The increasingly fierce quantitative easing monetary policy in many developed economies added currency appreciation pressure and reduced exports in emerging economies," Sheng said.

Jan-Egbert Sturm, director of the think tank KOF Swiss Economic Institute, said the slower recovery in the European countries facing crises is of less concern to the Chinese economy than one might think, "as most of the trade between the EU and China relates to countries like Germany".

JPMorgan economist Zhu predicted that the eurozone is likely to come out of the recession in the second half of this year, which may help stabilize China's exports.

Zhang Zhiwei, chief economist in China with Nomura Securities, said the policy is unlikely to loosen further, considering the current high debt level and the associated financial risks, which may slow growth toward 7.3 percent in the second half.

"However, any GDP rate below 7.5 percent would push policymakers to loosen policy and stimulate growth," he said.

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