China's economy ranked strongest in latest report

By Li Xiang | | Updated: 2017-03-23 13:29

China's economy has been ranked the top performing in terms of overall strength and vitality in a report released at the Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday.

The Asia Competitiveness Annual Report 2017 acknowledged China maintained a growth rate of 6.7 percent last year while contributing 30 percent to the world economic growth.

In terms of overall competitiveness, China ranked 9th out of all Asian economies in 2016 for the fourth consecutive year.

The report noted China's incrased investment in scientific fields and allocation of national financial education expenditure equivalent to over 4 percent of the total GDP as it aims to be an innovation-driven economy.

As a result, China ranked number one in terms of the number of international patent applications for five consecutive years and witnessed a stable growth in terms of applications per capita.

The report also pointed out that China still needs to improve its social development level with the accelerated advancement of its urbanization process.

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