The Bruneian

China will step up infrastruc­ture constructi­on to boost growth - President Xi


China will step up infrastruc­ture constructi­on to boost domestic demand and drive economic growth going forward, state TV reported on Tuesday, citing a top economics meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping.

The world’s second-biggest economy is at risk of a sharp slowdown as COVID-19 restrictio­ns across a large swathe of the country hit consumer spending, the property market remains mired in a downturn and exports look set to slow further.

Investment­s would be brought forward for infrastruc­ture projects that are beneficial to industrial growth and to safeguardi­ng national security, according to the meeting, and transporta­tion, energy and water resources would be among the focus.

The government will speed up constructi­on of green and low carbon energy bases, improve the oil and gas pipeline networks, and build a batch of regional and cargo airports, it added.

New types of infrastruc­ture including super computing, cloud computing, artificial intelligen­ce platforms and broadband would be also included in the government’s push, according to the meeting.

Financing needs for these projects will be met and fiscal spending would be stepped up.

Data showed that fixed-asset investment expanded by a better than expected 9.3% in the first quarter from a year earlier, helped by a move to front-load 2022 local government special bonds.

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