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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s economy is continuing a steady recovery this year, vice premier Han Zheng said on Sunday.

© Reuters/TINGSHU WANG Delivery worker wearing a face mask walks past an office and commercial complex in Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD)

Han made the remarks to the China Development Forum, a high-level business gathering hosted by the Development Research Centre of the State Council.

Han also said China, the world’s No.2 economy, will strengthen macro policy coordination with other countries.

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China’s economy is widely expected to grow more than 8% in 2021, led by an expected double-digit expansion in the first quarter, but analysts say the pace is driven by a low base for comparison and the recovery remains uneven.

The economy expanded 2.3% last year, the only major economy to report growth, although the growth was its weakest in 44 years.

(Reporting by Kevin Yao, Yilei Sun and Muyu Xu in Beijing; Editing by Frances Kerry and Catherine Evans)

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