China – Jun External Trade
12/07/2019 08:05 pm MYT
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In Jun, exports rose 6.1%, year-on-year, to RMB1.45 trillion, while imports fell 0.4% to RMB1.11 trillion, giving rise to a trade surplus of RMB345.18 bln – see figure 1. In the first half of 2019, exports and imports rose by 6.1% and 1.4% respectively to RMB7.95 trillion and RMB6.72 trillion, giving rise to a trade surplus of RMB1.24 trillion.

 

Reflecting the US-China trade tension, China-US bilateral trade fell by 9.0%, year-on-year, in Jan-Jun 2019. On the other hand, China’s trade with the EU, ASEAN, Japan, and the countries along the Belt and Road Initiative’s routes, rose by 11.2%, 10.5%, 1.7%, and 9.7% respectively.

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