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Chinese exports surge more than forecast

China's exports surged more than double the anticipated speed a month, official data showed yesterday, because tensions with its largest trading spouses flare. The healthful exchange data is welcome news to the world's No. 2 economy as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and also a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 percent to US$217.4 billion (S$294 billion), blowing beyond the 5.3 percent forecast in a Bloomberg News survey. The robust international economy - both the developed and developing economies - has increased China's exports.

Imports expanded 17.7 percent to US$177.2 billion, exceeding expectations of 13 percent. However, China's trade surplus grew a month to US$40.2 billion, even implying worries with key markets such as the United States and the European Union are unlikely to let up from the near future.


Strains in Beijing's relationship with Washington specifically are high - past month's trade data may fuel the flame, together with China's trade surplus within the US ballooning 18.8 percent year-on-year, in yuan terms. US President Donald Trump has taken an aggressive stance on commerce, vowing to reduce bilateral trade deficits - especially with China.

In Beijing a month, Mr Trump said he did not blame China for taking advantage of past US administrations on trade, but signaled he'd level the playing field for American companies. After my tour of Asia, all Countries dealing around on TRADE realize that the rules have shifted," he tweeted after the trip. His administration has raised the amount of both tariffs and trade cases against China. Last month, the Commerce Department launched a probe into a portion of China's exports alone initiative, as opposed to at the behest of businesses, for the first time at a quarter century.

That followed fresh tariffs on Chinese aluminium foil and timber imports, and others. A number of the tariffs are employed under a US conclusion that China is not just a market economy. This method gives the US greater leeway to impose obligations on imports by China by comparing them into the prices of similar goods manufactured in "surrogate nations, rather than using Chinese data on prices in its particular industry.

However, Beijing has ferociously denounced that policy as late last year, mentioning other countries are obliged to stop use of their "surrogate country" approach. When asked concerning the US' refusal to shed the classification on Thursday, a spokesman for China's Commerce Ministry said: We hope the US doesn't dismiss rules.