Despite the symbolic lowering of China’s 2012 GDP growth target to 7.5%, we continue to expect growth of 8-8.5% YoY this year.
The 7.5% GDP growth target outlined by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in his annual address to the National People's Congress is in line with previous official predictions of slower growth in 2012
Premier Wen has made another public call for political reform but the response – with a few exceptions – has been respectful silence.
We estimate that some 13m housing units stand empty, but this signifies not so much a bubble about to burst, as a slowdown in property investment growth.
A desire to bring a vast informal financial system under regulatory control is obliging Beijing to make concessions to market forces.
So far, the image presented at the ongoing session of National People's Congress is of a competent government planning bold steps to meet its challenges.
High-level officials faced questions at this week's National People's Congress over the government's high-speed rail ambitions after dismissing Railways Minister, Liu Zhijun.
How will mainland markets move following announcements from this year's two meetings of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress?
Analysts debate the shape of China's next Five Year Plan (2011 - 2015).
Chinese scholars debate China's ambitious pledge to cut carbon emissions by 40%-45% by 2020.
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