SOE reform Official: no massive layoffs expected

A senior official says China will not experience upsurge in layoffs during the ongoing reform to revitalize inefficient and overstaffed state-owned enterprises (SOE).

Xiao Yaqing, head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.

He said protecting the interests of SOE employees will be a major task in the next step.

According to Xiao, the reform will mainly be pushed forward through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), instead of bankruptcies.

Compared to the situation around two decades ago, the SOEs have more financial resources and capable executives to address the problem, he added.

China is propelling the reform by allowing in private investment and encouraging M&A in a bid to revive its hundreds of thousands of SOEs, many of which have become ossified with declining profitability due to a lack of competition.

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