China’s trade surplus was US$20 billion in June, the highest level in eight months, Bloomberg reported. The increase came largely thanks to surging exports, which were up 43.9 per cent year-on-year. But customs officials were quick to warn that troubles in the Eurozone had begun to affect Chinese exports to the region. Weakened US demand, increased wages, and reduced export tax rebates were also working to undermine the competitiveness of Chinese exports and international pressure on China to allow the yuan to appreciate is expected to increase.
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