China's GDP growth slows to 6.2% in second quarter

China's growth slowed to its weakest pace in almost three decades in the second quarter, with the U.S-China trade war and weakening global demand weighing on the world's number-two economy, official data showed  on Monday.

The slowing economy makes it more difficult for President Xi Jinping to fight back forcefully against the U.S -- which is using tariffs as leverage to try to force Beijing into opening up its economy.

The 6.2 per cent figure released by the National Bureau of Statistics was in line with a survey of analysts by 'AFP' and down from a 6.4 per cent expansion in the first quarter.

The GDP figures are within the government's target range of 6.0-6.5 per cent for the whole year, down from the 6.6 per cent growth China put up in 2018.

"Economic conditions are still severe both at home and abroad, global economic growth is slowing down and the external instabilities and uncertainties are increasing," said NBS spokesman Mao Shengyong.

"The economy is under new downward pressure," he said in prepared remarks.

Beijing has introduced measures to boost the economy, but they have not been enough to offset a domestic slowdown and softening overseas demand -- made worse by a punishing trade war with its biggest trading partner country, the U.S.

Exports to the world rose only 0.1 per cent on-year during the first six months.

(with news agency inputs)