China revises 2017 GDP growth downward to 6.8%

Beijing: China revised its 2017 economic growth down to 6.8 per cent from 6.9 per cent, the government statistics office said on Friday, as it braces for a possibly worse performance in 2018.

The size of the gross domestic product of the world’s second-biggest economy was revised down from 82.7 trillion yuan (USD 12.1 trillion) to 82.1 trillion yuan, NBS said in a statement on its website.

Annual GDP is calculated twice, the statistics bureau explained, with a preliminary calculation in January the following year and a final verification one year later, which is based on “more comprehensive and reliable basic information”.

“Result of each accounting will change to some extent,” according to the statement. Economists in China and abroad have long suspected data is massaged upward, often noting that full-year gross domestic product hits Beijing’s pre-set targets with suspicious regularity.

Government officials have said China is expected to have hit its growth target of around 6.5 per cent last year. China is due to release its GDP growth for 2018 on Monday. Recent statistics point towards a slowdown.

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