By  on October 19, 2017

HONG KONG–China reported third-quarter economic growth data of 6.8 percent, in line with forecasts, although slowing from the second quarter’s 6.9 percent expansion, government records showed Thursday.

The economic data comes a day after the kick-off of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, a twice-a-decade summit that reshuffles the country’s leadership, and a lengthy speech from Xi Jinping outlining his vision called “socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era.”

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