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    China's economic recovery firms up in Q3

    Updated: Oct 19,2020 14:04    Xinhua

    BEIJING — China's economic recovery picked up steam in the third quarter as activities normalized amid effective control of the novel coronavirus and the government's sweeping efforts to stimulate demand and consumption, official data showed on Oct 19. 

    Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 4.9 percent year-on-year in Q3, faster than the 3.2-percent growth seen in Q2, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on Oct 19. 

    In the first three quarters, the country's GDP expanded 0.7 percent year-on-year, returning to growth after the 1.6-percent contraction in the first half of the year and the 6.8-percent slump in Q1, the data showed.

    To soften the impact of the COVID-19 shock, the government has rolled out a raft of measures, including more fiscal spending, tax relief, and cuts in lending rates and banks' reserve requirements to stabilize growth and employment.

    As the epidemic is largely brought under control domestically, factories and schools have reopened and tourist sites across the country have resumed their usual hustle and bustle.

    In Q3, major indicators returned to positive territory, with industrial output rising 5.8 percent and retail sales reporting the first quarterly expansion this year, up 0.9 percent year-on-year.

    The country's fixed-asset investment went up 0.8 percent year-on-year in the first three quarters, reversing a decline of 3.1 percent in the first half of this year.

    Per capita disposable income rose 0.6 percent in the first nine months, compared with a decline of 1.3 percent in H1.

    "Seen from the trends of the key indicators, China's epidemic prevention and economic recovery are at the world's forefront, which shows the strong resilience and vitality of the economy," said Liu Aihua, spokesperson of the NBS.

    Despite the across-the-board improvements, the foundation for sustainable recovery requires further consolidation due to global uncertainties and uneven performance at home, Liu cautioned.

    "Overall, China has the foundation, conditions and confidence to maintain the current trend in Q4 and the full year," Liu added.

    In the latest World Economic Outlook report released earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected China's economy to grow by 1.9 percent in 2020, 0.9 percentage points above the IMF's June forecast, making it the only major economy that will see positive growth this year.