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China's Long-Term International Trade Statistics: By Commodity, 1952-1964 and 1981-2000

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  • Kyoji Fukao
  • Kozo Kiyota
  • Ximing Yue

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International trade has been a key engine driving Chinese economic growth in recent decades. Yet, long-term analyses of China's trade are still difficult because the country's trade statistics for the post-war period up to the mid-1980s have many shortcomings For example, official customs statistics published by the Chinese government during this period, if they were published at all, do not provide any breakdown by commodity classification. Against this background, we recently compiled new statistics of China's trade during 1952-1964 and 1981-2000 at the 3-digit level of the Standard International Trade Classification, Revision 1 (SITC-R1). The statistics for 1952-1964 and 1981-1987 are based on data we purchased from China's National Statistical Bureau. The data for 1988-2000 are compiled from the Commodity Trade Statistics of the United Nations (UN Comtrade) as a part of our joint work with scholars at the Institute of Development Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO). In this paper, we provide an overview of existing statistics of China's international trade and present our newly compiled statistics.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number d05-147.

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Date of creation: Mar 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hst:hstdps:d05-147

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Cited by:
  1. Wolfgang Keller & Ben Li & Carol H. Shiue, 2010. "China’s Foreign Trade: Perspectives From the Past 150 Years," NBER Working Papers 16550, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. FUKAO Kyoji & Tangjun YUAN, 2012. "China's Economic Growth, Structural Change and the Lewisian Turning Point," Discussion papers 12056, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

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