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China-ASEAN trade sees annual growth of 16.5 pct over 30 years

2021-09-13 10:39

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BEIJING, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Trade between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) rose from 8.36 billion U.S. dollars in 1991 to 685.28 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, with an average annual growth rate of 16.5 percent, data from the Chinese customs shows.

The growth rate is 3.4 percentage points higher than the overall average annual growth rate of China's foreign trade in the same period, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

The proportion of China's exports of mechanical and electrical products to ASEAN increased from 28.9 percent in 1993 to 53.3 percent in 2020, while the exports of mobile phones, ships and automobiles to ASEAN also increased.

The proportion of China's imports of mechanical and electrical products from ASEAN rose from 11.1 percent in 1993 to 52.7 percent in 2020, while its imports of agricultural products, rubber, petroleum and other products from ASEAN also grew rapidly.

Since China and ASEAN established dialogue relations in 1991, the improving business climate has facilitated bilateral trade.

GAC spokesperson Li Kuiwen said that, since the establishment of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area, China's customs has taken the lead in completing negotiations with ASEAN to upgrade the rules of origin and has smoothly implemented them, as well as helping foreign-trade enterprises to fully enjoy the policy of tariff reduction.

China and ASEAN are complementary to each other in trade and thus have remarkable cooperation potentials, he said.

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