China sets growth target of about 7 percent for coming year

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BEIJING (AP) — China has set an official economic growth target of about 7 percent for this year, according to a work report to be delivered Thursday by the country's premier.

The announcement by Li Keqiang is in line with government plans to guide the world's second-largest economy to lower, more sustainable growth. Last year's target was 7.5 percent, though actual growth came in at 7.4 percent, the lowest since 1990.

"A growth rate of approximately 7 percent will ensure ample employment," Li said in the report. "This target is both aligned with our goal of finishing building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and is appropriate in terms of the need to grow and upgrade our economy."

The inflation target for the year will be kept at about 3 percent, said the report, to be delivered at the start of the annual National People's Congress.