The Chinese economy grew by 7.7% in 2013, the latest figures from the country have revealed, its slowest rate for 14 years.
The economic superpower, which is expected to take over from the US as the world's largest economy in the next decade according to some analysts, saw growth fall in 2013 as the country's ruling party seeks to convert the economy to a more sustainable model.
Growth of 7.7% is the slowest pace of growth since 1999, matching 2012's reading and far lower than the 9.3% it saw in 2011.
However, the growth rate was higher than its government's own target of 7.5%.
China is seeking to move from an investment-led economy to one powered by domestic consumption, but this re-balancing is weighing on growth in the near term.
The latest figures from the country also revealed China's growth rate slowed to an annual rate of 7.7% in the October-to-December quarter, down from 7.8% in the previous three months.
In terms of investment-returns, Chinese shares lagged western counterparts in 2013, with the US' stunning recovery powering a fresh wave of investment into the region.
China's economy is tipped to slow further this year, with analysts expecting growth of 7.4% in 2014.
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