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The rebalancing of China's foreign trade


  • Françoise Lemoine
  • Deniz Ünal


China was a major player in the rise of global imbalances in the mid-2000s. If its overall trade surplus has decreased since 2007, its bilateral surpluses with the U.S. and Europe remain quite large. China's import demand has mainly benefited to its Asian neighbors and to raw material producing countries. However, Europe has also taken advantage of China's demand in consumption goods and increased its share in this market. The slowdown in international demand makes the rebalancing of China's domestic demand towards household consumption more necessary than ever for China's growth and is expected to benefit to European exporters1.

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  • Françoise Lemoine & Deniz Ünal, 2012. "The rebalancing of China's foreign trade," La Lettre du CEPII, CEPII research center, issue 320.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepill:2012-320

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    JEL classification:

    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East


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