China faces rising economic challenges including high debt levels and an escalating trade battle with the US.
China has disclosed its slowest quarterly growth rate since the global financial crisis
The effect of the trade dispute with the US is expected to weigh on growth figures in the coming months.
Policymakers have moved to support the cooling economy in recent months.
The country is charged with extraordinary levels of debt so policymakers are hesistant to take measures to restore the economy the way they did after 2008.
While China watchers advise caution with Beijing’s official GDP numbers, the data is seen as a useful indicator on the country’s growth line.
For years China has pushed to wean off exports and rely more on domestic consumption for growth.
At the same time, the government has been fighting to contain ballooning debt driven by a wave of infrastructure development and a housing bubble without hurting growth.
In recent months Beijing has taken steps to support its economy, including cutting capital requirements to boost liquidity, and ease the slowdown.
Alongside its domestic challenges, China is also expected to feel the nip from a trade dispute with the US in the months ahead.
The third-quarter figures are the first to be liberated by Beijing since US President Donald Trump hit China with two sets of tariffs, targeting $250bn (£192bn) worth of Chinese goods.