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China to see moderate recovery in 2013: economist


14:34, December 08, 2012

HONG KONG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy, which suffered a slowdown this year, won't head for a hard-landing, and recent economic indicators showed that China was already on a moderate recovery path, UBS China economist Tao Wang said here on Thursday.

"For 2013, we label it a year of recovery.... Our forecast is that China's GDP growth will go up from about 7.6 percent this year to about 8 percent next year. The recovery will be mainly driven by some cynical recovery as well as government policies," she told reporters on a call-in media conference.

Wang said three important domestic factors -- increasing infrastructure spending, a moderate recovery in the property market and the end of de-stocking -- will help sustain economic growth and push growth slightly higher next year than this year.

She expected government policy support, which has been in place since the spring of this year, will continue to play its role. That is reflected by increasing infrastructure spending, which has been supported by increase credit into the economy.

"Over the last few months, the credit growth as well as infrastructure investment growth have both speeded up. In our view, this kind of recovery will continue and help infrastructure investment to be sustained next year," she said.

The second reason for the recovery is a rebound in the property sector in China, she said. The Chinese government, since two years ago, has tightened the policies on the property sector with home purchase restrictions and higher down-payment requirement for mortgage.

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