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Chinese news agency: Xi says annual growth should be at least 6.5 percent in coming 5 years.

  • China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the second Understanding China Conference, in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

    China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the second Understanding China Conference, in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the second Understanding China Conference, in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

    China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the second Understanding China Conference, in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, a street vendor sell local delicacies in Beijing, China. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, a street vendor sell local delicacies in Beijing, China. President Xi Jinping said Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 that China needs at least 6.5 percent economic growth in coming years and the Communist Party announced plans to let its tightly controlled yuan trade freely by 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

China's President Xi Jinping has said that the country's annual growth rate should be no less than 6.5 percent over the next five years.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, Xi said that rate of growth would be needed to meet the government's goal of doubling the size of the economy by 2020 compared with its 2010 size.