China overtaking U.S. as world's largest trader

China appears to have become the world's largest trading country last year after the value of its imports and exports increased 7.6% to $4.16T.

The U.S., which has held the crown until now, hasn't released its 2013 figures yet, but its trade in January-November totaled $3.5T. The December number would need to more than double last year's for the U.S. to reach China's 2013 total.

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