China economy rebounds, beats forecasts in 2017


China grew 6.9 per cent after posting 6.7 per cent in 2016, a 26-year low.

The figures which came out on Thursday even indicated that towards the end of 2017, precisely in the month of October, November, and December, the economy gained at a yearly rate of 6.8% which somewhat greater than experts had been anticipating.

The size of the economy is second only to that of the United States, and 2.6 times larger than that of Japan, the world's third-largest economy in terms of current exchange rates.

GDP growth of 6.7% in 2016 was the slowest for more than a quarter of a century - leaving Beijing under pressure to aid a jump.

China's economy grew 6.9% previous year the fastest since 2015 even as the government cracked down on excessive debt growth, cut surplus capacity in some industries and curbed production of steel and coal-fired electricity to cut pollution.

"In reality, the pace of growth in China's economy is anybody's guess".

Value-added industrial output, a rough proxy for economic growth, expanded 6.2% in December from a year earlier, compared with a 6.1% increase in November, the National Bureau of Statistics said.

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"The accuracy of China's statistical figures and statistical system would not be affected by the problems of some individual local (government), region, enterprise, or unit", he told reporters. The retail sales grew at a slower pace in cars, telecommunications, oil, jewelry, and more.

The majority of the 70 cities surveyed by the NBS still reported a monthly price increase for new homes.

That was good news for Beijing's push to change its economic model, which aims to give sustainable, consumption-based growth preference over debt-fueled investment and export growth. Import figures usually surge in the month before New Year - so the market will be looking at January to see if there is a blip.

Analysts had expected fourth-quarter GDP would grow 1.6 per cent on a quarterly basis.

John Wong, a fellow at the East Asian Institute under the National University of Singapore, said China had achieved "creditable growth performance" while the government's efforts to reduce financial risk had also yielded results.

Raymond Yeung, chief Greater China economist of ANZ Bank, said the current growth momentum was likely to continue in 2018 - with 6.5 per cent growth forecast for the year - but the government would remain focused on reducing debt.