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China says economy grew 6.9% in second quarter
by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) July 17, 2017


China posted better-than-expected growth of 6.9 percent in the second quarter, official data showed Monday, but authorities warned of lingering risks to the economy.

Analysts polled by AFP had forecast growth of 6.8 percent after the economy expanded 6.9 percent in the first quarter.

"Generally speaking, the national economy has maintained the momentum of steady and sound development in the first half of 2017, laying a solid foundation for achieving the annual target and better performance," national statistics bureau spokesman Xing Zhihong said.

"However, we must be aware that there are still many unstable and uncertain factors abroad and long-term structural contradictions remain prominent at home," Xing said.

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Fitch keeps China's 'A+' rating but warns over debt
Beijing (AFP) July 14, 2017
Fitch Ratings warned Friday that China's growing debt could trigger "economic and financial shocks", but said it will maintain the country's A-plus rating with a stable outlook despite its concerns. The announcement follows Moody's shock decision in May to downgrade the world's second-largest economy for the first time in almost three decades on concerns over its ballooning credit and slowin ... read more

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