Monthly trade balance of goods in China from May 2016 to May 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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The graph shows China's monthly trade balance of goods from May 2016 to May 2017. In May 2017, the trade surplus of China had amounted to about 40.8 billion U.S. dollars. A positive value implies a trade surplus, a negative trade balance implies a trade deficit.
International trade in China – additional information

China surpassed the United States as the worlds’ largest goods trading economy in 2013. The total value of China’s imports and exports had amounted to around four trillion U.S. dollars in 2013, a 7.6 percent increase from a year earlier. As of 2013, China ranked second largest oil importer worldwide, only behind the United States. China has become a vital trade partner for many economies. In 2012, almost 20 percent of the United States’ imports had originated in China. Germany’s exportsto China exceeded exports to Italy in 2013, as was reported by the CIA.

A trade surplus occurs when exports of a country exceed its imports. It leads to a net inflow of domestic currency from foreign countries. The trade balance is a major growth factor for an economy. As a consequence of running a large trade surplus, China holds a vast amount of foreign exchange reserves. Foreign exchange reserves may be viewed as a sign of national strength, but also represent a form of forced savings on the people. China used to be the largest surplus economy in the world. However, it was replaced by Germany in 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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Release date
June 2017
Survey time period
May 2016 to May 2017
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Figures have been rounded to provide better presentation of the statistic.

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