China's gross domestic product, or GDP, totaled 5.03 trillion yuan (653 billion U.S. dollars) in
the first quarter of this year, according to latest figures provided by the
National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Thursday.
The growth was 0.7 percentage points
higher than the year-earlier level.
China's GDP totaled
5.03 trillion yuan (US$653 billion) in the first quarter of this year, up
11.1% in first quarter, according to latest figures provided by the
National Bureau of Statistics on April 19, 2007. [Reuters]
China's primary, secondary and tertiary sectors reported a respective 363.1
billion, 2.56 trillion and 2.11 trillion yuan in added value, with the secondary
sector, including manufacturing, mining and construction, growing at the fastest
year-on-year rate -- 13.2 percent -- in the January-March
period, the statistical bureau said.
The primary sector posted a growth rate of 4.4 percent and the tertiary
sector, including transport, posts and telecommunications, catering , tourism,
banking and insurance, recorded an increase of 9.9 percent, the bureau added.
The rapid economic growth was driven by investment, consumption and import
and export, said Li Xiaochao, spokesman with the statistical bureau, citing
consumption in particular, which grew in an impressive way in the first quarter.
As for the question about whether the Chinese economy is overheated, Li said
it was a comprehensive problem, and to judge whether the economy is overheated,
the GDP-growth indicator alone was not enough.
But Li warned that now there existed a risk for Chinese economy to evolve
from fast growth to overheating.
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