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An employee wearing a cardboard mask works in a bicycle factory in Zaozhuang in the Chinese province of  Shandong yesterday. China’s growth could slow further after data released yesterday showed subdued activity across the economy in May in the face of sustained global weakness, raising the possibility of interest rate cuts. Photograph: Reuters

Slower Chinese inflation in May, combined with below-expectation bank lending, added to a downbeat picture of the world’s second-biggest economy in th(...)

A construction site in central Beijing. The economy continues to be supported by property and stimulus-supported infrastructure rather than by broad private sector investment or household spending, analysts say. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese GDP growth slowed to 7.7 per cent year-on-year and just 6.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter, data showed, prompting fears that economic rec(...)