Date
15 December 2017
China's economy could be given some stimulus in the second half. Photo: Bloomberg
China's economy could be given some stimulus in the second half. Photo: Bloomberg

Stimulus may be on horizon in second half

Beijing might deploy some economic stimulus later this year to counter a slowdown in growth, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Thursday, citing Desmond Tjiang, managing director and portfolio manager for Greater China and Hong Kong at PineBridge Investments.

Tjiang said reforms and the anti-graft campaign have hit the economy and corporate profits more than expected, leading to a slew of downgrades in estimates.

Expectations of growth on the mainland this year have been cut on average to 7.3 percent from 7.5 percent, while forecasts for profit growth of constituents of the MSCI China Index have been trimmed to 8.4 percent from 9.8 percent.

Tjiang said Premier Li Keqiang has underscored the need for reasonable growth, heralding a shift in Beijing’s policy. If second-half growth is slower than a year earlier it could give the central government cause to give a boost to the economy, he said.

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