BEIJING Devante Smith-Pelly Jersey , April 17 (Xinhua) -- China's fixed-asset investment (FAI) grew 9.2 percent year on year in the first three months of 2017, quickening from the 8.9 percent growth registered in the first two months, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Monday.

FAI includes capital spent on infrastructure, property, machinery and other physical assets.

Private sector FAI, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the total FAI, grew 7.7 percent in the first quarter, accelerating from the

6.7 percent registered in the first two months, according to the NBS.

FAI by state-owned enterprises climbed 13.6 percent year on year during the period, and infrastructure investment expanded 23.5 percent in the first quarter.

In the agricultural sector, fixed-asset investment jumped the fastest, up 19.8 percent year on year. It was followed by 12.2 percent growth for the service sector and 4.2 percent growth for the industrial sector.

Other indicators released by the NBS on Monday, including gross domestic product and industrial production, pointed to stabilization in the world's second-largest economy.

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Gigi Hadid won't be walking in the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

The 22-year-old supermodel made the announcement on her Twitter page Thursday that she wouldn't be able to make it to Shanghai, China for the show.

"I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year," Hadid wrote to her social media followers. "Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! :) x."

This news comes as a surprise to fans of Hadid, who had previously shared that she would be at this year's show.


I?m so bummed I won?t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can't wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can't wait for next year! :) x

— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) November 16, 2017

Back in August, Hadid announced on Instagram that she would be walking in the 2017 VS show in Shanghai. "Forever and ever and ever a dream come true to be asked back to the VS Show!!!" Hadid captioned a picture of herself in an outfit from the 2016 show. "Thank you my friends @ed_razek @10magazine @johndavidpfeiffer @monica.mitro for another unforgettable opportunity; every aspect makes me feel like a dreaming kid again."

Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt and more models walking in the show this year are currently on their way to Shanghai. It appears that Bella Hadid is still walking in the show, she posted on Instagram Wednesday saying she is "so excited."

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air on Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. on CBS. (Agencies)

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Argentina's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup were left hanging in the balance on Tuesday after a listless 1-1 home draw with Venezuela.

Needing a victory to move into the CONMEBOL group's direct qualification places, the Albiceleste went behind when John Murillo coolly lifted a 50th minute shot over goalkeeper Sergio Romero after a counterattack.

The goal sparked the hosts into action and four minutes later they equalized when Venezuela's Rolf Feltscher turned Marcos Acuna's cross into his own net.

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was unable to assert his usual influence and often drifted deep to help his team's faltering midfield.

The result left Argentina fifth in the 10-team South American zone standings, with 24 points from 16 matches.

The two-time World Cup winners must win their last two qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador to at least secure a playoff berth.

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