China's trade with North Korea dropped sharply in 2017
China's trade with North Korea dropped sharply in 2017
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12 January, 2018, 15:11
The European Union, US and ASEAN remain China's top three trade partners, representing almost 42 percent of the total volume, while trade with Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan saw rapid growth of between 20 and 40 percent due to the new Silk Road scheme.
The increasing surplus is likely to give impetus to calls for tough measures.
Imports of soybeans hit their second-highest monthly total in December of 9.55 million tonnes, and a record 95.54 million tonnes for the year.
Customs is expected to release dollar-denominated trade data later on Friday.
Imports from North Korea slumped 81.6 percent year-on-year to $54.34 million, Huang Songping, Chinese customs spokesman, said in a briefing in Beijing on Friday.
However, over the year, that still saw China's trade surplus with the United States swell to $US275.81 billion, the largest on record.
China has so far resisted taking major retaliatory action against United States imports despite a volley of new duties and investigations from the White House.
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The humming global economy helped propel China's trade, giving its leaders more time to achieve their goal of transitioning the economy from one driven by exports and investment to a more stable model propelled by domestic consumption.
China's exports and imports growth slowed in December after unexpectedly surging in the previous month, adding to signs of ebbing economic growth as the government extends a crackdown on financial risks and factory pollution.
It will be hard to keep double-digit trade growth this year given the many global uncertainties and a high comparison base, Huang said.
They are "a sign that domestic demand may have weakened at the end of previous year", he said.
It was the weakest annual growth in imports since December 2016. "China trade tensions", he said.
"Although the trade data are often volatile, this latest decline (in import volumes)...is a sign that domestic demand may have weakened at the end of a year ago", Capital Economics Senior China Economist Julian Evans-Pritchard wrote in a note.
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The reports come after months of mixed messages and dozens of shifts in the U.S.'s stance on North Korea. Trump has repeatedly insulted the North Korean leader, describing him as mad and a " rocket man ".
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