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China's regional GDP stats indicate departure from 'growth-first'

Tianjin reports unnatural 16% drop in nominal growth, reflecting Xi's change of focus

Imported Mercedes Benz cars sit next to containers at Tianjin Port. Tianjin serves as the main port for Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- President Xi Jinping's call to end blind pursuit of economic growth and focus more on quality of life appears to have encouraged China's regional governments to stop inflating economic figures, an open secret that had continued unchecked until recently.

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