People's Bank of China hires Ma Jun as chief economist

People's Bank of China
The People's Bank of China

Ma Jun, Deutsche Bank's top China economist, is to join the People's Bank of China as chief economist in its research bureau, the central bank has confirmed.

Ma, a noted optimist on China's economy and regularly voted the top China economist in industry polls, in January said 2014 would "be a year defined by significant reforms that will shape the future path of development for China's macro-economy".

Nevertheless, he noted that weaker external demand for Chinese goods and services combined with

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