Investment, factory output and retail sales grew less than most analysts had expected in August, suggesting China's surging economy is losing some steam.
The World Trade Organization has issued a marked upward revision of its trade growth forecast for this year. Its regained optimism is based on stronger economic indicators in China, the US and the eurozone.
China is angry at Standard and Poor's (S&P) following a downgrade of its creditworthiness by the ratings agency over concerns about the country's rising debt. S&P underestimated China's financial strength, Beijing said.
Chinese policymakers are beginning to worry about a rallying currency that is putting pressure on the country's exports. Figures for August show slower-than-forecast growth, which has also been hit by weak global demand.
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