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China Export Surge Highlights Trump's Cause as Tariffs Readied

  • Seasonal effects, yuan weakness helped inflate February data
  • China’s shipments to the U.S. rose 46.1% from a year earlier
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Corporate China Blasts Protectionism
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China’s exports surged and its trade surplus unexpectedly widened in February, illustrating the lopsided nature of global commerce that Donald Trump is preparing to introduce protectionist measures against.

Overall exports rose 44.5 percent in February from a year earlier and those to the U.S. surged 46.1 percent, customs data showed Thursday. Import growth slowed to 6.3 percent to leave a trade surplus of $33.7 billion. China’s aluminum exports ballooned to a three-year high while those of steel dropped 27 percent for the first two months.