China’s imports, exports surge

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    BEIJING- China’s imports grew at their fastest pace this year in September, while exports extended their strong gains as more trading partners lifted coronavirus restrictionsin a further boost to the world’s second-biggest economy.

    Exports in September rose 9.9 percent from a year earlier, customs data showed on Tuesday, broadly in line with analysts’ expectations for 10 percent growth and up from a solid 9.5 percent increase in August.

    The strong trade performance suggests Chinese exporters are making a brisk recovery from the coronavirus pandemic’s hit to overseas orders. As the global economy restarts, Chinese firms are rushing to grab market share as their rivals grapple with reduced manufacturing capacity.

    China’s factory activity has also picked up as international trading gradually resumes.

    But some analysts warn exports could peak soon as demand for Chinese-made protective gear recedes and the base effect of this year’s massive declines wears off.

    Imports surged 13.2 percent, returning to growth from a slump of 2.1 percent in August and much stronger than expectations for a 0.3 percent increase.