Prices fell in China's top-tier cities after they stabilised in January, the NBS said in a statement accompanying the data, without giving a specific figure
Rampant speculation has stoked prices and raised concerns of a sharp correction. The authorities have introduced a flurry of cooling measures since early 2016 in the latest round of speculative buying
Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities rose 5 % in January from a year earlier and 0.3 % month on month, according to Reuters calculations based on the data from the statistics bureau on Saturday
China has tried just about everything to tame a property market in which home prices sometimes jump around like the value of Bitcoin.
The government will also allow rental housing on rural land to increase rental options, Jiang said
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A 156m (511ft) skyscraper in northern Shanxi province has been listed on Taobao, China's largest e-commerce website, by a local court.
Zhu Baoliang, chief economist at the State Information Center, said the think tank estimates that property investment will grow by about 6 percent next year, down by about one percentage point from 2017
The application is the first of this type of bonds since China launched a pilot programme in August to build rental housing projects in 13 major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai
Authorities have been particularly focused on curbing lending for speculation in the housing market in a broad effort to defuse financial risks from a rapid build-up in debt
China will seek solid progress in the battles against major risks of poverty and pollution in the next year, Xinhua said
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