China’s economic growth is expected to slow slightly to 6.8 percent next year, the central bank said, adding that downward pressures would persist for a while. The figure given in a working paper from the People’s Bank of China is slightly lower than its forecast of 6.9-percent expansion for the current year, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The paper listed overcapacity, profit deceleration and rising non-performing loans as major drags on the economy. But it said a recovering property market, the lagging effects of macro and structural policies and small improvements in overseas demand would help bolster growth.
The world’s second largest economy grew 6.9 percent in the third quarter, the slowest pace since the global financial crisis. The central bank has cut interest rates six times since November 2014 and reduced banks’ reserve requirement ratio several times to try to stimulate growth.