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China economy shows strong growth in 2009

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China has said 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 the same period a year earlier.

China is now on course to overtake Japan and become the world's second-biggest economy.

On Radio 4's The World At One, presenter Edward Stourton considered the reasons behind China's growth and the implications of it.

He was speaking to Jim O'Neill, chief economist at Goldman Sachs and Shirong Chen, the BBC World Service's China editor.

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