In this July 13, 2018 photo, a truck transports containers at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. (PHOTO / STR / AFP)
Total foreign trade volume reached 14.67 trillion yuan (US$2.14 trillion) in H1. Exports expanded 6.1 percent while imports rose 1.4 percent.
Private firms gained ground in sustaining China's trade growth, which made 6.12 trillion yuan of trade in H1, up 11 percent year on year
China saw its trade surplus widen by 41.6 percent year-on-year to 1.23 trillion yuan during the same period.
The country's trade mix continued to improve in H1 with the general trade growing both in volume and proportion. General trade grew 5.5 percent year-on-year and accounted for 59.9 percent of the total trade, 0.9 percentage points higher than H1 2018.
Private firms gained ground in sustaining China's trade growth, which made 6.12 trillion yuan of trade in H1, up 11 percent year on year.
Trade in the country's central and western regions outpaced the total trade, GAC data showed. Twelve western provincial regions saw their trade grow 14 percent during the Jan.-June period.
China' foreign trade in H1 made steady progress and achieved quality development, said GAC spokesperson Li Kuiwen.
Despite challenges from the complex global environment, China's foreign trade is still dominated by enduring improvement, with trade structure continually optimizing and the driving forces shifting faster, Li added.
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