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China's service trade deficit narrows in May

(Xinhua) Updated: 2016-06-27 17:09

BEIJING - China continued to see a deficit in foreign service trade in May, but the figure narrowed for a second month, official data showed on Monday.

Income from trade in services stood at $22.6 billion last month, while expenditure was $41.7 billion, resulting in a deficit of $19.1 billion, according to the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

The deficit came down from $21 billion seen in March and $20.3 billion in April. The total deficit in the first five months of 2016 stood at $97.1 billion, the data showed.

Distinct from merchandise trade, trade in services refers to the sale and delivery of intangible products such as transportation, tourism, telecommunications, construction, advertising, computing and accounting.

China's service trade volume grew from $362.4 billion in 2010 to $713 billion in 2015, doubling the average international growth speed. The country is aiming to lift its service trade volume to over $1 trillion by 2020.

The State Council has pledged measures to improve the development of trade in services, including gradually opening up the finance, education, culture and medical treatment sectors.

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