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    Sep 22, 2014

    No major policy shift over 1 economic indicator: China


    CHINA will not dramatically alter its economic policy because of any one economic indicator, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said yesterday, in remarks that came days after many economists lowered growth forecasts having seen the latest set of weak data.

    Mr Lou made the comments at a meeting of finance ministers and central-bank governors from the Group of 20 countries in Australia, according to a statement from the People's Bank of China, China's central bank.

    "China will not make major policy adjustments due to a change in any one economic indicator," he said.

    Economists dialled back their growth forecasts last week, after data showed that factory output last month had grown at its weakest pace in nearly six years.

    China's total social financing aggregate, a broad measure of lending in the economy, was the weakest in nearly six years, data showed earlier this month, indicating that credit levels were far below average.

    The country cannot rely on government spending to increase infrastructure investment, Mr Lou added.

    The economic stimulus measures adopted by China to confront the international financial crisis boosted economic growth, but they also brought excess capacity, environmental pollution and the growth of local government debt, along with other problems, he said.

    As a result, China cannot completely rely on public financial resources to make large-scale investments in infrastructure.

    Macroeconomic policy will continue to focus on comprehensive goals, especially maintaining employment growth and stability in the price of goods, Mr Lou said.