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China's economic growth picks up after seven years

China's economy grew by 6.9 per cent in 2017 according to official data - the first time in seven years the pace of growth has picked up.
 
The figure beats Beijing's official annual expansion target of about 6.5 per cent.
 
China is a key driver of the global economy and so the better-than-expected data is likely to cheer investors around the world.
 
But many China watchers believe the GDP numbers are much weaker than the official figures suggest.


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