China Premier Li Keqiang said China's economy grew by about 6.9% last year, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.
"Overall, things are better than expected," Xinhua cited Mr. Li as saying, referring to the domestic economic situation.
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In 2016, China's gross domestic product rose 6.7% from a year earlier.
Mr. Li attributed the faster growth in 2017 to the government's supply-side structural reforms.
He made the remarks during a speech in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
China will release its annual economic growth data in a week.
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January 10, 2018 20:47 ET (01:47 GMT)