China has over-invested in itself: IMF official; The government has extracted money from the population to help pay the huge cost of maintaining its rapid growth

China has over-invested in itself: IMF official

Staff Reporter, 2013-04-17

China has over-invested its resources domestically, according to a report by Li Yiheng, chief representative of the International Monetary Fund in the country.

Domestic investment has accounted for about 50% of China’s GDP, which is far higher than the 12%-20% average found around the globe, said the report. The situation is primarily due to large investments by the government to try to overcome the negative effect of the global financial crisis during the period 2007-2011.

Though the over-investment will not immediately cause a crisis, the government should keep an eye on the possible negative effects, said Li, adding that loans made for the purpose of investment projects will become a burden on the nation’s population.

The country’s outstanding economic growth was the result of long-term large-scale investment over the past 20 years, said Li. The government has extracted money from the population to help pay the huge cost of maintaining its rapid growth and has only recently tried to slow down investments and promote local consumption, said Li.In addition, loans made for the government plans has accounted for 4% of the country’s GDP which will be transferred directly to the country’s population. Small and medium companies will have to pay higher costs to secure capital due to the priority previously given to large companies, said Li.

Li also said the increase of pension costs and the decrease in the supply of labor will become a burden on the central government’s ability to collect tax revenue.

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