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BEIJING — Construction and property sales have slumped. Small businesses have shut because of rising costs and weak sales. Debt-laden local governments are cutting the pay of civil servants.China’s economy slowed markedly in the final…

Children play at a playground inside a shopping complex in Shanghai, China June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Aly SongRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterBEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Mainland China's birth rate dropped to a…