China's GDP in the first half of 2017 rose 6.9 percent year on year, showed official data released on Monday.
The economic performance was "within a proper range," said Xing Zhihong, spokesman of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) at a press conference.
"We made steady and sound progress. Growth stayed constant, employment increased, prices remained stable, income went up and the structure of economy improved. Our economic development became more stable, more balanced and more sustainable," said Xing.
According to preliminary calculations of the NBS, the GDP for the first half of 2017 is more than 38 trillion yuan.
"For the first half of this year, the GDP reached 38.149 trillion yuan, up 6.9 percent year on year in comparable prices. For the first quarter, the GDP growth stood at 6.9 percent while the second quarter presented the same growth rate. The primary industry saw added value increase by 3.5 percent year on year, secondary industry by 6.4 percent, third industry by 7.7 percent," said Xing.
Compared with that of the first quarter, the GDP for the second quarter rose by 1.7 percent, Xing added.
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