China Reports Slower 3rd Quarter Growth

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The Chinese government has announced its economy grew 9.6 percent last quarter. Beijing is trying to engineer a slowdown to tame inflation which recently hit a two-year high.


NPR's business news starts with China's slowing economic growth.

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INSKEEP: The Chinese government announced today that its economy grew at only a rate of 9.6 percent in the last quarter. You might ask, is that slow? Well, yeah. In the previous two quarters, growth was over 10 percent. Beijing is trying to engineer a slowdown to tame inflation, which recently hit a two-year high.

As part of that campaign, earlier this week China's Central Bank raised interest rates for the first time in nearly three years.

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