China abandons GDP target for first time in decades amid ‘great uncertainty’ of virus

Author: Helen Davidson and Lily Kuo

Premier Le Keqiang tell annual congress that economic growth was ‘difficult to predict’ and says nation must ‘tighten its belt’. China has abandoned setting a target for GDP growth for the first time in decades, citing “great uncertainty” caused by the coronavirus pandemic, an acknowledgement of steep challenges the country faces amid a struggling economy and increasing international hostility. China’s national parliament.

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