China will be unable to maintain the fast pace of industrial output growth seen in the first two months of the year, industry minister Li Yizhong said on Friday.

Industrial output in January-February rose 20.7 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of China's annual session of parliament, Li also said that the economic burst delivered by the country's stimulus package, which was launched in late 2008, had nearly run its course.