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China's growth 'on target' despite anti-pollution war

The state planning agency says the economy is on track to meet its 2017 growth target.

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China's growth 'on target' despite anti-pollution war

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China’s economy is on track to meet its official growth target for this year, according to the state planning agency.

“We expect to achieve the full-year growth targeet of about 6.5 percent,” said He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

This comes despite a battle against pollution which is expected to slash industrial output this winter.

Many cities have been ordered to reduce emissions of airborne particles; some are expected to cut steel production by half.

The country’s economy grew by 6.8 percent in the third quarter of the year.