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What’s behind the surprise drop in Chinese exports?


China’s exports for the month of March fell by 15% from a year ago (in dollar terms), the General Administration of Customs said today. It was a big surprise to markets and investors, who were expecting a rise of as much as 12%. Imports also dropped, by 12.3%, although that was in line with expectations. As a result … Continue reading

China surpasses US as world’s largest trading nation


China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as “a landmark milestone” for the country. China’s annual trade in goods passed the $4tn (£2.4tn) mark for the first time last year according to official data, after exports from the world’s second largest economy rose 7.9% to $2.21tn and … Continue reading

China’s export boom that wasn’t; fabricated trade figures


A close reading of the numbers suggests accounting tricks have played a significant role in China’s economic data. Chinese government figures showing a 19.8 percent rise in the country’s exports for the three months to February were definitely puzzling. Due to lackluster demand from the U.S. and Europe, and banks being unwilling to lend to … Continue reading

China’s recent trade statistics have been artificially inflated


Until now, Beijing’s monthly import and export numbers have been considered absolutely reliable, yet there is growing evidence to suggest that in recent months they have been distorted by fabricated transactions. Especially suspect are the export figures for this September and October.  China’s exports for September soared 9.9% year-on-year.  In the following month, they jumped … Continue reading

China Aims to Drive Domestic Consumption


China is currently facing a spending crunch from Europe and the U.S., which is impacting the economy and threatening a possible “hard landing.” The superlative growth over the last decade has largely been fuelled by export demand for cheaper Chinese-made goods. The country built thousands of plants and added significant capacity to handle the significant influx … Continue reading

U.S. barnyards help China super-size food production


Inside a dimly lit barn in northeast Indiana, where the air smells faintly of corn and earth, the future of China’s food supply is squealing for attention. Continue reading

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