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China About to Bump Japan as the No. 2 Economy

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Posted on Jan 21, 2010
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The Chinese overtook Germany last year as the world’s third-largest economy, and now seem poised to move past Japan into the No. 2 spot behind the United States.

Even in the face of the global economic crisis, China’s economy still managed to grow by a surprising 8.7 percent last year, according to the bean-counters in Beijing, putting the country on track to overtake Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy. —JCL

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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.

Japan announces its latest quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) figures next month.

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By andrew, January 21, 2010 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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actually, dean baker pointed out that by measures of purchasing power parity, china is already the 2nd largest economy. check out his comments on “beat the press”

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