China – Sep External Trade
12/10/2018 03:14 pm MYT
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In Sep, exports jumped 17.0%, year-on-year, to RMB1.55 trillion, while imports jumped 17.4% to RMB1.34 trillion, giving rise to a trade surplus of RMB213.23 bln – see figure 1. In Jan-Sep 2018, exports and imports rose 6.5% and 14.1% respectively from a year ago to RMB11.86 trillion and RMB10.42 trillion, giving rise to a trade surplus of RMB1.44 trillion.


Despite Trump’s tariff spree, China recorded the strongest export growth in over a year in Sep. Exports rose in most export destinations, including to the US. Notably, exports to countries along the Belt and Road Initiative have been growing strongly. On the other hand, import growth was driven mainly by higher imports of natural gas and petroleum products.

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