BEIJING — China has made significant progress in growing its economy and eradicating rural poverty within the last year regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated in a New Year speech Thursday.
China was the first significant market to enroll optimistic economic growth in 2020, with its gross domestic product expected to surpass 100 trillion yuan (nearly $14 trillion) for the calendar year, Xi said on nationwide television, talking from behind his desk at his wood-paneled office.
The International Monetary Fund forecast in October that China, the world’s second-largest economy, would increase 1.9percent in 2020, a sharp downturn in the 6.1% profit in 2019, then expand 8.2percent in 2021.
China has mostly stopped domestic transmission of this coronavirus, but Xi’s address came as the government is ordering extra steps to protect against a resurgence over forthcoming months.
China is encouraging thousands of migrant workers to not travel home during February’s Lunar New Year vacation to stop the additional spread of this coronavirus, interrupting the most significant family gathering of this year. Schools nationwide will also be scheduled to start the Lunar New Year holiday a week and vacationers are advised to not stop by the capital Beijing throughout the vacation season.
Xi called for increased global cooperation in combating the virus, and this is thought to have emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
“People throughout the world need to make joint efforts to push away the dark clouds of this COVID-19 pandemic from an early date and construct the planet Earth to a better house for all humankind,” Xi said.
Xi also hailed the improvement in raising near 100 million rural Chinese from poverty during the previous eight decades and in”entirely developing a moderately prosperous society in all respects”