【明報專訊】THE Chinese economy is under downward pressure, and the Guangdong economy cannot help but be affected by this. Pressure from both the international and domestic markets is adding to the plight of private enterprises in particular, as they are by nature in a less favourable position compared to state enterprises. In view of this, the central government has announced measures to help private enterprises, while the Guangdong authorities have also implemented "Ten measures for the private enterprise economy". But it has to be recognised that the boom of private enterprises in Guangdong in the past was a result of a market largely free of restrictions. As private enterprises now have to develop towards high output value and high technology, the improvement of market conditions alone can no longer be a causative factor. It is the government's guidance and support through policies that they are more in want of, as such policies are the only thing that can take the private enterprise economy to a new stage so that it can contribute even more to Guangdong's and China's economies.