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Trade surplus rocketing brings pressure
Updated: 2005-07-28 07:06

China's foreign trade surplus stood at 39.6 billion US dollars in the first half of this year, almost equal to the total trade surplus for the whole year of 2004, intensifying the country's trade disputes with major trade partners.

A woman works in an export-oriented textile mill in East China An'hui Province, June, 2005. [newsphoto]
In the first six months of the year, exports reached 342.3 billion US dollars, up 32.7 percent as against imports of 302.7 billion US dollars, up 14 percent, which is 29 percentage points lower than the same period last year, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

The soaring trade surplus has led to increasing overseas protectionist measures against Chinese goods.

The country's trade surplus against the United States and Europe Union reached 49.1 billion US dollars and 31.6 US dollars, up 56.4 percent and 130 percent, respectively.

This year the United States has conducted five probes concerning China's intellectual property rights protection, and both the United States and the European Union have put restrictions on Chinese textile goods.

Too much of a trade surplus does no good to the economy of China, which wants a basic trade balance, an expert said, noting the Renminbi appreciation should help China expand imports and curb soaring exports.
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