China posts lowest GDP growth in years

Meanwhile, Asia’s largest economy grew slower than India’s for the first time since 2016. China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported the country’s annual GDP to be ¥121.02 trillion ($17.94 trillion), a 3% increase from the previous year. China’s GDP exceeded ¥100 trillion for the first time in 2020.

This marks the weakest performance for China’s economy since 1976, excluding the fiscal year impacted by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The slowdown was primarily blamed on the consequences of China’s zero-Covid strategy and reduced global manufacturing demand.

The country’s annual growth was well-below China’s official target of 5.5%, marking the worst discrepancy in projected growth in the history of modern China.

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