China’s commerce surplus with the US rose to $24.58 billion in Might, from $22.15 billion in April, based on Chinese language customs knowledge printed Friday.
China’s export development in Might was 12.6 p.c, barely down from 12.9 p.c in April, however effectively above the 10 p.c that economists polled by the Reuters information company had predicted.
Chinese language imports additionally elevated yr over yr in Might, rising 26 p.c.
For the primary 5 months of the yr, China’s commerce surplus with U.S. was $104.85 billion.
Each international locations have threatened to hike tariffs on items value as much as $150 billion every, as President Donald Trump has demanded Beijing open its financial system additional and tackle the U.S. giant commerce deficit with China.
Earlier this week, China warned the U.S. that any commerce and enterprise agreements between the 2 international locations “is not going to take impact” if Trump’s threatened tariff hike and different measures on Chinese language items are applied.
The warning got here after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Chinese language Deputy Prime Minister Liu He ended two days of talks in Beijing aimed toward settling the simmering commerce dispute, during which Beijing pledged to slender its commerce surplus.
The White Home renewed a menace final week to boost duties on $50 billion of Chinese language technology-related items over that dispute.