China has set an economic growth target range of 6.5% to 7% for this year as the central government struggles to manage a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
The low end of the new growth goal is a few notches below what China posted last year. Gross domestic product expanded by 6.9% in 2015, its slowest pace in 25 years and a hair slower than the government’s 7% target.
This is the first time since 1995 that Beijing has announced a target range for economic growth. It shows the government moving away from its previous approach of setting specific numbers to hit.
Experts have questioned the value of the headline growth goal, saying it encourages local and provincial officials to distort their numbers to please Beijing.
After decades of breakneck expansion, China’s economy is now decelerating. The government is trying to shift the growth engine away from a reliance on manufacturing and debt-fueled investment toward the services sector and consumer spending.
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