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Exports Slide Further While Imports Plunge

According to China’s General Administration of Customs, in May, Chinese exports fell for the third consecutive month, while imports plunged to the lowest level in three months. These developments highlight the adverse Chinese domestic economic environment, which may trigger further monetary policy adjustments. 

The total trade value in May was down by 9.7 percent from April. Exports fell 2.8 percent, and imports 18.1 percent, with the trade surplus increasing by 65 percent. In the first five months, the U.S. and ASEAN demand helped prevent a more substantial decline in Chinese exports as the exports to Europe and Japan dropped. U.S-China trade went up by 2.8 percent and Europe-China trade was down by 7.1 percent. 
Source: People’s Daily, June 9, 2015