China to keep policies steady in 2020

12 December 2019, 3:41 PM
China will keep its economic policies steady while making them more effective in 2020 to help achieve its annual growth target, the Xinhua news agency said on Thursday, after a meeting of top leaders ended, amid a bruising trade war with the United States.
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