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China's party congress

China GDP delay keeps focus on politics as top meeting kicks off

Postponed data aims to sidestep bad news during national congress, analysts say

People move through a Beijing alley adorned with Chinese national flags ahead of the Communist Party's 20th National Congress. Top leaders are set to be picked at the weeklong gathering.   © Reuters

BEIJING/HONG KONG -- China's abrupt delay in releasing key economic data is likely meant to avoid any hint of bad news or "mixed messages" during a top leadership meeting this week, analysts say.

A slate of figures was set for release Tuesday, including closely watched third-quarter GDP results that would offer clues about the state of the world's No. 2 economy after it narrowly avoided a contraction in the April to June period.

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