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New Delhi: The government has sought a report from the Indian embassy in Beijingregarding an India national who was detained in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

“I have asked for a report from our embassy in China,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Friday.

She was responding to a tweet which said that an Indian businessman, working in Shenzhen with a resident permit and a business licence was taken by police on Tuesday.

“Wife has been released after questioning but my friend is detained with a notice of 30 days,” the tweet said.

The tweet also said that the businessman’s wife was alone and the Chinese authorities did not let her to contact him.  (IANS)

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China’s industrial expansion slows down

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth.

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China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
China's industrial expansion on a slow down. Pixabay
  • This December, China witnessed a slow rate of it’s industry expansion.
  • The service sector is growing whereas the manufacturing sector is bearing the brunt of the slowed pace.

Chinese manufacturing sector activity expanded at a slower pace in December while the service sector continued its growth, according to the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

China's manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay
China’s manufacturing industry experienced a slow growth rate. Pixabay

The PMI of China’s manufacturing activity was released on Sunday. It stood at 51.6 points in December, down from 51.8 in November, Efe news quoted the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as saying.

 In contrast, the service sector activity grew to stand at 55 points in December as compared to 54.8 in November.

A figure above 50 points suggests expansion while a figure lower than 50 indicates contraction. The service sector already accounts for more than half of China’s gross domestic product.

The December figure for the manufacturing index was at par with the annual average, which points to strong resilience in China’s growth, according to NBS statistician Zhao Qinghe. IANS

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