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Chinese growth picks up in 2017 for first time in seven years

Economy grew 6.9% on government spending, export boom

Construction is underway of a highway railway bridge in Changle, Fujian Province, China. (Getty Images)

BEIJING -- The pace of China's economic growth picked up for the first time in seven years in 2017, reversing a slowing trend that started in 2011, data released by the government showed Thursday.

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