|Dec. 22, 2017 -- Economists and scholars are praising China's commitment to encourage high-quality development, as the Central Economic Work Conference that concluded here Wednesday outlined the country's economic work for 2018.
The three-day meeting unveiled Xi Jinping Thought on Socialist Economy with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and stressed the importance of high-quality economic growth. As China has become indispensable to the world economy, the conference attracted immediate attention from both home and abroad.
ENOUGH TO BE PROUD OF
Growth is projected at 6.8 percent in 2017, exceeding initial expectations, the World Bank's China Economic Update reported Monday.
Economic growth in China has remained strong in 2017, supported by rising household incomes and improving external demand, the report said.
"China has maintained its growth resilience and gained reform momentum. The authorities have undertaken a host of policy and regulatory measures aimed at reducing macroeconomic imbalances and limiting financial risks without notable impact on growth," said John Litwack, World Bank Lead Economist for China.
"2017 has been a successful year for China," he added.
"China is no longer the developing economy that relies on low costs but today it competes on the mid- to high-end markets and if it is to be successful it has to step up the reliance and quality of its products and production," said Niklas Swanstrom, director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy.
"It is beyond doubt that China has invested the most of all states in green technology and the impact is very impressive," he added.
China's adoption of high-end development has a global dimension as China is pushing manufacturing as well as finance towards digitization, said Hans Hendrischke, chair of the business and economics cluster of the China Studies Center based in the University of Sydney.
"It is important to maintain the priority of stable and socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth," said Hendrischke, also a professor of Chinese business and management. "For outside observers it is difficult to see how fast progress has been in these areas."