07 Nov '11, 3am

Bashing China will not solve world's debt crisis: This growth in imports is the result of a rapid transformation...

Since the outbreak of the international financial crisis, China has steered its macro-economic policies so as to expand domestic demand, stimulate imports while stabilising exports and promote balanced global trade. The results have been noticeable. Between 2008 and last year, China's imports soared by 23.3 per cent, creating a trillion-dollar market for the rest of the world. At the same time, its trade surplus shrank from nearly US$300 billion (S$380 billion) at its peak in 2008 to US$107.1 billion as of the first three quarters of this year, decreasing as a percentage of GDP from 6.5 per cent to 2.2 per cent. In short, China has become an important factor in promoting balanced global trade growth, and world economic recovery. This growth in imports is the result of a rapid transformation of our economic model. In recent years, China has actively expanded domestic demand...

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