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Imports, exports rising despite trade tensions: China

Beijing: A Chinese customs official on Friday said that China's imports and exports are growing steadily despite global trade uncertainties, especially with the United States.

In pic: Li Kuiwen, spokesman for China's General Administration of Customs

"Various areas and departments have actively carried out policies and measures boosting the stable growth of foreign trade", said Li Kuiwen, spokesman for China's General Administration of Customs, during a press conference.

China's trade surplus with the US widened to a record 34.1 billion US dollars in September as exports to the American market rose by 13 percent over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.

Chinese exports to the United States have stayed relatively strong despite being hit by punitive tariffs of up to 25 percent in a fight over American complaints about Beijing's technology policy.

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Li said that China is continuing to strictly implement UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea despite a diplomatic thaw on the Korean peninsula this year.

In response to a question about reports of a customs inspection crackdown on luxury goods, Li said that China's customs is carrying out "checks and examinations according to our laws".

China's global exports are forecast to weaken due to cooling consumer demand.

Chinese leaders have rejected pressure to scale back plans for state-led development of global champions in robotics and other technologies.

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Their trading partners complain those violate Beijing's free-trade commitments and US officials worry they might erode American industrial leadership.

But communist leaders see their industry plans as the path to prosperity and global influence.



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