Beijing - China's economic growth slowed in the first three months of the year amid concern about the strength of its gradual recovery.
The world's second-biggest economy expanded 7.7% in the first quarter from the previous quarter's 7.9%.
The figures reported Monday fell short of forecasts that growth would rise to at least 8%.
China's growth rebounded late last year from its deepest slump since the 2008 global crisis but analysts say a recovery will be weak and still is being supported by government spending.
Some analysts have warned the recovery could be vulnerable if trade or investment weakens.
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