A Former American Treasury Secretary Talks About US-China Economic Ties
30 июля 2013

A Former American Treasury Secretary Talks About US-China Economic Ties

A Former American Treasury Secretary Talks About US-China Economic Ties
This is the VOA Special English Economics Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | facebook.com/voalearningenglish The world's two biggest economies and their trade ties are important to global economic progress. China accounts for nearly half of the world's economic growth. Last year, trade between the United States and China was worth more than $500 billion. The two nations share many interests. But they also differ on many, including trade issues. American and Chinese policy experts have worked to study and improve relations between the trading partners. Recently, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson spoke in Washington about his report on a possible new direction in US-China relations. Former National Security Advisor Steve Hadley joined the discussion. Both men served in the administration of President George W. Bush. The slowdown in China's economy was the first issue they discussed. Members of the Chinese news media also attended.Chinese officials reported last month that the economy grew at a rate of seven and six tenths percent from April to June. That is China's slowest growth rate in more than three years.The Chinese economy needs a high growth rate in order to provide jobs for its huge work force. The People's Bank of China cut its main interest rate twice in July to support lending and economic growth. Mr. Paulson said he thinks government measures to control lending will work over the short term. "I would be quite surprised," he said, "if they don't grow somewhere between seven and a half or eight percent this year." But there are important economic issues waiting in the future. Much of China's economic activity depends on investment by state-owned and foreign companies.Mr. Hadley said China's economy, its Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, depends on investment too much.He said, "almost 47.8 percent of the GDP is investment. Consumption is only 33 percent. And one of the things Hank calls for in this paper is, they need to move from investment-based economic growth to consumption-based economic growth."Consumer or personal spending accounts for about two thirds of the economy in the United States. And that's the VOA Special English Economics Report. Join us next time for part two of our report on economic ties between the United States and China. For transcripts, MP3s and now PDFs of our programs for e-readers, go to voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Mario Ritter. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 20Jul2012)
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#1 написал: Kimarie Teter (1 августа 2013 13:31)
Henry Paulson? The one who bailed all our? banks out?
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