Workers in a TMall.com warehouse gather orders from customers in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China. Jiangmen is situated in the Pearl River Delta economic zone which is one of China's leading economic regions and a major manufacturing centre. Tmall.com is a Chinese-language website for online retail. Photo: EPA-EFE

China economic growth slows sharply in April, even before higher US trade tariffs take effect

  • Industrial production growth – the output of industrial sectors in China’s economy, including manufacturing – fell to 5.4 per cent from 8.5 per cent in March
  • Retail sales, a measure of consumer demand in China, grew by 7.2 per cent in April, well below 8.7 per cent rate in March and lowest in 13 years
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Workers in a TMall.com warehouse gather orders from customers in Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, China. Jiangmen is situated in the Pearl River Delta economic zone which is one of China's leading economic regions and a major manufacturing centre. Tmall.com is a Chinese-language website for online retail. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Liu He, China's vice-premier, departing negotiations in Washington on Friday after a meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (foreground right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Photo: Bloomberg

China is a ‘kung fu master’ and can deliver ‘deadly punch’ to US economy in trade war, ex-official says

  • China has many options for retaliating against the US and is likely to implement tariffs that go beyond trade in goods, a former top government official says
  • Wei Jianguo, a former vice-minister in the Ministry of Commerce, says China has the ‘willingness to act to fight a prolonged war’
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Liu He, China's vice-premier, departing negotiations in Washington on Friday after a meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (foreground right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Photo: Bloomberg
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