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China reported a strong rise in exports in May but imports were weak raising
concerns over domestic demand, suggesting that the economy remains sluggish.
Exports rose 7% year over year in May, according to official data released on
Sunday and compared with an 0.9% advance in April and the 2.3% fall in the
The General Administration of Customs (GAC) said that China's exports rose seven% year on year to US$195bn in May.
Bai Ming, a senior researcher with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, said the
trade data in May is more reliable than that in the Jan-April period when their
comparison base was inflated by a rash of fake invoicing of exports to evade
In comparison with recovering exports, imports dipped by 1.6% last month
to $160bn from an 0.8% rise in April.
Thanks to the pick-up in exports, China's trade with major partners continued to
rise. From January to May, its trade with the European Union, the United States,
the ASEAN and Japan rose by 11.7%, 5.1%, 3.6% and 3.4%, respectively.
Despite the brighter picture, Xinhua the sate news
agency reported that analysts believe that "the external environment for
China's foreign trade is still complicated."