China planner approves US$4bil in new roads, bridges

China planner approves US$4bil in new roads, bridges

SHANGHAI: China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved 25 billion yuan (US$4bil) of new bridge and road construction projects on Tuesday, the official Shanghai Securities News reported.

The new investments come on the heels of project approvals worth 209 billion yuan announced by the NDRC on Monday, as Beijing tries to reinvigorate economic growth through a combination of monetary easing and direct investment.

The NDRC approved 1.38 trillion yuan of projects in the fourth quarter, the newspaper said on Wednesday.

Stock investors have been closely watching NDRC announcements for indications of where to put money in the context of an ongoing bull market set off in November when the central eased its monetary stance.

The newspaper said the projects are tightly targeted to stimulate productive investment. This phrasing commonly accompanies announcements of new infrastructure investment projects as the government tries to stimulate growth without saddling China with a massive debt overhang, which the system is still trying to digest from its rounds of investments in 2009. – Reuters

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