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China to introduce policies to strengthen domestic consumption- state media


SINGAPORE/(Reuters) - plans to introduce policies to boost domestic spending on items such as autos and home appliances this year, state television CCTV quoted a as saying on Tuesday.

Ning Jizhe, of (NDRC), said in an interview with CCTV that the policies will be part of wider efforts to strengthen domestic consumption in China, the world's second largest economy.

The will also introduce policies in house leasing and services, as well as elderly and child care, with plans to also lower investment barriers in other sectors such as culture and sports.

He also said that the NDRC planned to move ahead with a second batch of major foreign-invested projects in the first quarter of 2019, which could include new energy ventures, according to an interview transcript published by state agency

Investment in each of those projects could be worth billions of U.S. dollars, he said, adding that the first batch launched in 2018's fourth quarter comprised seven projects including U.S. carmaker Tesla's factory in and German agreement with Corp <600028.SS> to build a in

Ning's comments helped to lift shares in Europe's auto makers on Tuesday, traders said, with the autos sector index <.SXAP> rising 2.7 percent.

China, the world's biggest car market, expects to sell 28 million vehicles in 2019, roughly level with 2018, the said in December. [nS7N1YF01X]

Last year, imported about 1.03 million cars, down 6.8 percent from 2017, latest figures from the association showed.

(Reporting by in and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Editing by and Richard Borsuk)

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 06:38 IST