China’s economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017

China’s economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010 despite its battles against a massive debt and polluting factories, official data showed Thursday. The world’s number two economy eclipsed the official target of about 6.5 percent and picked up pace from the 6.7 percent growth seen in…