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 US has removed tariffs on over 400 Chinese goods after American firms complained that the levies would cause economic hardship. But trade talks between the world's top two economies remain on a delicate footing.
Business leaders and analysts see the global population declining in the next century, and China will be badly affected. The Asian nation is well-advised to make precautions soon to avoid a humanitarian crisis.
Central and eastern European economies are said to be decoupling from western Europe as consumption-led growth replaces the export-driven model. But will domestic spending suffice to fend off a slowdown in the eurozone?
The West still regards China’s "New Silk Road" project with distrust but many countries are benefiting from Chinese investments, says DW’S Frank Sieren.
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