China: Economic growth falls to 6.1 percent

China’s economy grew 6.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, down from 6.8 percent last quarter and from 10.6 percent year-on-year, state media reported on Thursday. It is the slowest rate of growth for the Asian nation in nearly a decade, Xinhua reported. The economic data was announced at a news conference by Ma Jiantang, director of the National Bureau of Statistics.