"We expect China's growth rate will come further down to below 6pc" in the coming year, said Masaaki Kanno, chief economist at Sony Financial Holdings in Tokyo. The markets were also underpinned by gross domestic product (GDP) data from China that showed growth was in line with analyst expectations.
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Despite a "phase-one" deal reached between Beijing and Washington on Wednesday, which will see the US lower tariffs on $120 billion of Chinese goods in return for Beijing buying $40 billion worth of American farm goods, economists remained downbeat on China's growth outlook this year.
China's economy stabilized last quarter after slowing to the weakest pace in nearly three decades, with the first acceleration in investment since June signaling that a firmer recovery could be underway.
Apart from the gender disparity, China faces an increasingly elder population that poses a social and an economic challenge to the world's second largest economy.
However, significant from the Chinese government's perspective, the GDP expanded to $14.38 trillion from last year's $13.1 trillion.
More fiscal stimulus could be on the way, as the government said during a high-level economic work meeting last month that it will prioritize "stability" to mitigate rising domestic risks.
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Chinese economy was hit hard by the U.S. tariffs as a result of the trade war between the two countries.
The central bank has cut banks' reserve requirement ratios (RRR) - the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves - eight times since early 2018, most recently this month.
About 58 per cent of China's growth in 2019 was due to consumption, with investment adding 31 per cent and the remaining 11 per cent from net exports, Statistics Bureau head Ning Jizhe told journalists after the data was released Friday in Beijing.
Property investment growth hit a two-year low in December even as it grew at a solid 9.9pc pace in 2019.
By 2020, China has said that it aims to double the per capita income of its urban and rural residents from 2010 levels.
According to official figures, China's population stood at 1.4 billion by the end of 2019, increasing by 4.67 million from the year before.