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China Growth Slows Slightly Ahead of Effects From U.S. Trade Fight

Jul 16 , 2018

BEIJING—China’s economic expansion slowed a notch in the second quarter, weighed down by a top-priority government debt cleanup even before growth takes an expected hit from the trade fight with the U.S.

The economy grew 6.7% in the three months ended June from a year earlier, down slightly from 6.8% in the January-March period, the statistics bureau reported Monday. The pace was in line with market expectations. For the first half of 2018, the economy grew 6.8% from a year earlier.

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