No inflationary spiral for China in 2008: economist

Updated: 2008-03-05 08:00

BEIJING -- China will not have inflationary spiral this year with a nine to 10 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth, predicted Justin Yifu Lin in Beijing on Tuesday.

"China's economy growth will maintain a high level this year and the inflationary spiral is not in sight," said Lin, newly-appointed senior vice president of the World Bank and a deputy to the 11th National People's Congress.

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He contributed the high economic growth to "the country's down-to-earth economic polices, which are in the light of the practical situation of China and mobilize the creativity of its people," he said.

As the nation's chief economist, Lin showed his concern toward the price surge and believed the government's macro-control on the rising prices was on the way.

"Chinese government is very flexible in exercising policies. The current tight monetary policy is just a good example," he said.

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