China's economic growth holds steady despite slowdown fears


Workers wait for a container ship to dock at a port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Growth in China's exports and imports accelerated for a second month in June in a positive sign for global demand and the country's own economy. Chinatopix via AP

BEIJING — China's economic growth held steady in the latest quarter, boosted by unusually strong trade, despite concerns about a possible impending slowdown.

Government data on Monday showed output rose 6.9 percent in the three months ending in June compared with a year earlier.

China's economic indicators have been unexpectedly strong in recent months, but forecasters say activity should slow as Beijing tightens controls on bank lending to cool a surge in debt.

This is a developing story.

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