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China December exports down as trade tensions with US loom

For the full year, overseas shipments are 7.7% lower at US$2.1 trillion; trade surplus comes to US$510 billion

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The disappointing data comes despite a weaker currency, a strong pick-up in manufacturing as well as positive trade data in other Asian economies.

Beijing

CHINA exports in December have fallen amid tepid global growth and threats of a trade war with the United States, China's biggest export market.

Overseas shipments dropped 6.1 per cent from a year earlier in US dollar terms. For the full year, exports fell 7.7 per cent to

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