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China Pledges to Back Private Sector After Years of Curbs

Private firms have been a critical part of China’s economic rise in the past four decades and provide 80% of urban employment

A restaurant waits for customers in the Qianmen district, one of the top tourist destinations in Beijing, as the spread of the novel coronavirus disease continues in China
Chinese leaders have pledged to boost private sector confidence.


China has moved to reinvigorate its private sector, bruised by a series of regulatory curbs over recent years, by promising to remove barriers to competition.

The country’s ruling Communist Party is also ready to offer guidance promoting the development of private firms, state media quoted a meeting of a committee on deepening reforms, chaired by President Xi Jinping, on Friday.

“It is necessary to fully consider the characteristics of the private economy, improve policy implementation, strengthen policy coordination, promote precise and direct preferential policies and effectively solve actual difficulties for firms,” state media said.


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Private firms, a key driving force behind China’s economic ascent in the past four decades, account for half of the country’s tax revenue, over 60% of output and provide 80% of urban employment.

Chinese leaders have pledged to boost confidence, which has been hurt by a three-year crackdown on the tech and property sectors.

The party has also passed guidance for strengthening and improving management of the state sector, state media said.

China will deepen reforms of state firms, strengthen and improve the management of the state sector to help drive high quality development and maintain national security, state media said.

China’s economy grew at a faster-than-expected pace in the first quarter, as the end of strict Covid curbs lifted businesses and consumers out of crippling pandemic disruptions, although headwinds persist and the recovery remains uneven.

Private fixed-asset investment grew only 0.6% in the first quarter from a year earlier, dwarfed by a 10% rise in investment by state entities, official data showed.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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