HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kongs government on Friday raised its full-year GDP growth forecast for 2010 to between five and six percent, supported by the citys strong exports to China and other Asian economies. The latest forecast, up from the 4-5 percent range forecast in May, was made after the Census and Statistics Department (CSD) recorded strong economic growth for the first half of 2010. Hong Kongs GDP rose 6.5 percent in the three months ending June 30 compared with the same period a year earlier, after a revised, eight-percent increase in the previous quarter, the CSD said. A government spokesman said in a statement that China and many other Asian economies grew robustly in the second quarter, creating a favourable environment for the citys exports. But the CSD sounded a note of caution over Europes sovereign debt risks. The outlook for the external environment has turned more uncertain as the sovereign debt problem in Europe, leading many European economies to implement austerity measures, posed downside risks to the global recovery. The CSD said it was likely that the year-on-year growth in Hong Kongs exports may experience some deceleration in the 2nd half of the year.