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    BEIJING January 14 (Sputnik) - China's foreign trade increased 12.6 percent last year to a record $4.62 trillion, a spokesman for the General Administration of Customs, Li Kuiwen, said on Monday.

    U.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and China's President Xi Jinping, second left, attend their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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    "Our country's export and import have reached record highs, and there is reason to hope that we will continue to remain the world's largest trading nation. In dollar terms, China’s total foreign trade in 2018 was $4.62 trillion, which is 12.6 percent more than in the previous year", the spokesman said.

    READ MORE: Latest US-China Trade Talks Focus on China's Pledge to Buy More US Goods — USTR

    China’s exports grew by 9.9 percent to $2.48 trillion, and imports increased by 15.8 percent to $2.14 trillion, he added.

    Last year's trade surplus was $352 billion, the figures showed.


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