Infrastructure investment pillar of China’s economic recovery

BEIJING (XINHUA) – China’s infrastructure investment will lead the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic, as policy support continues to boost growth over the next two to three years, said a report by credit rating agency Moody’s.

To boost economic growth through infrastructure investment, China has announced a series of stimulus policies, which will help reduce finance costs, broaden funding channels and ease fiscal constraints on regional and local governments and state-owned enterprises, said Moody’s Vice President and Senior Analyst Ivy Poon.

While innovative and green infrastructure investment is a new focus, traditional infrastructure projects, such as those targetting major transportation and water conservancy, will continue to be a key driver of infrastructure spending, according to the report.

Moody’s analyst and co-author of the report Qingqing Guo expected transportation to steer infrastructure development over the next three to five years, as the China’s urbanisation continues and passenger numbers and freight demand increase.

“Investments will be mainly focussed on railway infrastructure in China’s central and western regions, together with the expansion of high-speed rail, road and metro networks,” Guo said.