China Trade Figures: “stun investors”

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Australian Press headline in response to those trade figures out of China:

Chinese trade figures stun investors

For the year, China’s trade surplus surged 48.1 per cent to $US231.1 billion. Exports from the world’s second-largest economy rose 7.9 per cent to $US2.05 trillion, while imports increased 4.3 per cent to $US1.82 trillion, the national customs bureau said.


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  1. Data doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I have not seen any detail yet but lets assume exports to EU grow 0 to -5%, to US 0 to +5%, then rest of world might have to grow 30% or more. Must be some seasonal fluctuation or “massaging” going on I suspect.

  2. Rubbery numbers are a farewell gift to Wen Jiabao …. making him look like a legend for running the whole shebang so well. If the world is in a slump – where are they exporting to …. which emerging economies are sucking in that much?

  3. Shouldn’t we also see a huge increase in imports for China’s major trading partners ie EU, US, etc. to confirm this data? You can’t export more unless someone import more…


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