China GDP Growth Holds Steady at Modest 7%
China's economy grew at a slightly faster than expected pace in the latest quarter, according to official data released by Beijing on Wednesday.
The second quarter growth rate of 7 percent is equal to that of the previous quarter, but is China's slowest quarterly rate of expansion since early 2009 following the global financial crisis.
"China's national economic performance in the first half of this year is within a reasonable range, with major indicators improving gradually and trending a stable and healthy development," said National Bureau of Statistics spokesman Sheng Laiyun.
The world's second-largest economy has seen an unexpectedly quick economic downturn in recent years, following three decades of breakneck, double-digit growth.
Most recently, China had to take drastic measures to reverse a stock market crash that had wiped out nearly 30 percent of market value in a matter of weeks.
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Group: China Arrests 20 Foreign Tourists For Watching 'Terror Video'
China has arrested 20 foreign tourists who were traveling the country as part of a trip sponsored by a South Africa-based religious humanitarian organization, the group said Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, the Gift of the Givers organization said the 10 South Africans, nine Britons, and one Indian national were arrested at the Erdos Airport in China's Inner Mongolia on Friday.
Eleven of the tourists have been released, the statement said, adding nine others remain detained without charge for watching unspecified propaganda videos.
"The Chinese, now trying to find reasons for the detention suggested that some members were linked to a terror group, to a banned organization, to watching propaganda videos in their hotel room," the statement said.
The disaster relief agency, which says it has worked in 41 countries, says the tourists had no terror links and no criminal record in their country, but were part of a 47-day tour "to explore ancient China."