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China reports 36.2 percent rise in foreign trade(10/17/03)

China reported an increase of 36.2 percent in imports and exports totaling 606.3 billion US dollars, in the first three quarters this year, 17.9 percentage points more than the same period last year.

Qiu Xiaohua, deputy director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Oct.17 that in the first three quarters, exports and imports totaled 307.7 billion US dollars and 298.6 billion US dollars,  up 32.3 percent and 40.5 percent respectively.

Exports surpassed imports by 9.1 billion US dollars, decreasing by 10.9 billion US dollars than the same period last year.

Over the same period, contracted foreign investment totaled 79.2 billion US dollars, up 36 percent, and direct foreign investment in use was 40.2 billion US dollars, up 11.9 percent.


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