Global economy positive but still fragile: Li Keqiang

Published: September 12, 2017 15:59:11 | Updated: October 23, 2017 15:27:15

China's Premier Li Keqiang speaks during a news conference of ‘The Round Table Dialogue’ meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China September 12, 2017. (Reuters)

The world economy is showing positive signs but remains fragile and countries should rely on structural reforms, not quantitative easing, to support growth, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.


Li, who met with the heads of global bodies, including International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim in Beijing, said that countries should maintain free trade, reports Reuters.


“There are increased positive factors in the global economy and signs of warming-up in some aspects. But at the same time, the fragility persists and unstable and uncertain factors are still increasing,” Li told a joint news conference with the heads of international agencies.


“Free trade is a good medicine for resolving problems. Through free trade, we can resolve many problems in the difficult recovery, help companies transform and give consumers more choices,” he said.


Turning to China, Li said the economy would remain steady and continue to improve.


China’s economy grew a stronger-than-expected 6.9 per cent in the first half, defying expectations of a slowdown and putting the country on pace to easily meet its growth target of around 6.5 per cent.


“Based on the growth trend in recent months, the economy will continue to maintain the trend seen in the first half,” Li said.


The global economy is recovering, but could easily be derailed by policy uncertainty and the threat of protectionism, IMF chief Lagarde told the same briefing.

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