BBC News - China economy shows strong growth
China says its economy expanded by 8.7% in 2009, exceeding even the government's own initial expectations.
The pace of change increased as the year went on, with growth in the final quarter of 2009 increasing by 10.7% from 2008.
It is a major turnaround for an economy that was hit by the global downturn just a year ago.
China is now on course to overtake Japan and become the world's second-biggest economy.
Japan announces its latest GDP figures next month. Its economy is likely to have contracted by about 6% in 2009.
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