China’s Premier, Wen Jiabao, has told the World Economic Forum in Tianjin that his country is on track to hit growth targets for this year.
He also called on international leaders to strengthen co-ordination and oppose trade protectionism during the global economic slowdown.
His address comes amid signs that China’s economy may be slowing faster than previously thought.
Manufacturing and export growth have slowed, while imports have dipped.
This has raised concerns about a decline in both external and domestic demand, in turn sparking fears that Beijing may miss its growth target for 2012.
But Mr Wen said: “We are fully confident that we have the conditions and capability to overcome difficulties on the way ahead, maintain fast and stable economic growth and realise development at a higher level and with better quality.
“The economic growth is still within the target range set at the beginning of the year and is showing stabilising signs despite the slowdown.”
The government set a growth target of 7.5% for 2012.
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