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China slowdown deepens with dip in factory activity in Dec

This will fuel debate on whether Beijing ought to do more to shore up the economy

FALTERING OUTPUT: Beijing, facing policy challenges, may - among other things - lower the country's growth target to 7 per cent for 2015.


ACTIVITY in China's factory sector shrank for the first time in seven months in December, a private survey showed on Wednesday, highlighting the urgency behind a series of surprise easing moves by Beijing in the past two months.

The weak performance will add to the debate