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China Takes Victory Lap Over Economic Recovery To Pre-Coronavirus Pandemic Growth Rates

China’s economy roared back to pre-pandemic growth rates in the fourth quarter of last year as its ­industrial engines fired up to meet surging demand for exports, pushing the full-year expansion beyond estimates and propelling its global advance.

Gross domestic product climbed by 6.5 per cent in the final quarter from a year earlier, pushing growth to 2.3 per cent for the full year. That leaves the world’s second-largest economy driving global growth and potentially passing the GDP of the United States sooner than expected.

The recovery from the biggest slump on record was engineered by getting Covid-19 under control and deploying fiscal and monetary stimulus to boost investment. Read more…..

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