China says cuts in overcapacity won't cause massive layoffs

Workers ride through an aluminium ingots depot in Jiangsu province in this Sept 26, 2012 file photo.
Workers ride through an aluminium ingots depot in Jiangsu province in this Sept 26, 2012 file photo.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's plans to reduce industrial overcapacity are unlikely to result in large-scale layoffs, the country's top economic planner said on Sunday (March 6).

Xu Shaoshi, head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), told reporters at a briefing that economic growth will create more jobs and help offset the impact of capacity cuts.

China aims to keep its economy growing by at least 6.5 per cent over the next five years while pushing hard to create more jobs and restructure inefficient industries, Premier Li Keqiang said on Saturday.