China foreign trade data in April: exports surge 4.1%, imports down 5.7%

China’s foreign trade declined slightly in April. Data from the General Administration of Customs shows it declined by 0.3 percent. Exports surged 4.1 percent to 1.13 trillion yuan (173.9 billion US dollars), while imports slipped 5.7 percent to 827 billion yuan (127.4 billion US dollars). Over the past four months, China’s foreign trade dropped by about 4.4 percent to 7.17 trillion yuan. Exports were down 2.1 percent and imports were down 7.5 percent. Trade with European countries recorded growth in the past four months. However, trade with major partners such as the US and ASEAN countries was weak.

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