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A delivery worker rests outside mall in Beijing on Julu 15. Photo: WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images

China's GDP grew 1.3% in the second quarter of 2021, faster than the 0.6% growth it saw in the previous quarter, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

State of play: Compared with the second quarter from last year, the country's economy grew 7.9% in the April to June period. That's less than half of the 18.3% year-over-year growth the nation saw during the first quarter of 2021, per the South China Morning Post.

  • On the other hand, retail sales grew faster than expected at 12.1% year-over-year, compared with an 11% estimate by Reuters.

What they're saying: "Generally speaking, the national economy in the first half year continued to recover steadily with the sound growth momentum consolidated," the NBSC said.

  • But the bureau noted that "the economic recovery is unbalanced and more efforts are needed to consolidate the foundation for the steady recovery of the development."

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China's coal convulsion threatens climate goals

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

China's energy crisis is a wild card in the fraught efforts to secure a meaningful deal at the UN climate summit in Glasgow.

Driving the news: Power shortages and the push for more coal supplies are in tension with calls for Chinese officials to accelerate their climate efforts.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."