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China GDP target in play as economic work conference begins

Meeting to test Beijing's will for more fiscal stimulus as tariff deadline nears

Communist Party officials hold the Central Economic Work Conference at the heavily guarded Jingxi Hotel in Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Senior Chinese policymakers have begun discussing the nation's economic blueprint for 2020, with the possibility of lowering the headline growth target for a second straight year.

Signs were evident Tuesday morning that the key Central Economic Work Conference had gotten underway. Security was tight around the Beijing hotel that serves as the venue. Black vehicles believed to be carrying participants were allowed through.

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