The National Bureau of Statistics’ growth revision figures for 2017 come on the eve of fourth quarter and full-year 2018 GDP figures, which will give China watchers a better perspective on the economy as Beijing and Washington stand toe-to-toe on trade. Photo: EPA

China revises down 2017 economic growth rate to 6.8 per cent ahead of announcing 2018 GDP figures

  • Downward revision creates lower comparison base for 2018 growth calculation
  • Unclear if revision will have any effect on 2018 growth rate
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The National Bureau of Statistics’ growth revision figures for 2017 come on the eve of fourth quarter and full-year 2018 GDP figures, which will give China watchers a better perspective on the economy as Beijing and Washington stand toe-to-toe on trade. Photo: EPA
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Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.