China Has A Trade Deficit! #SAD

Apr. 13, 2018 6:59 AM ET
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Well, China reported a surprise trade deficit of $4.98 billion for March overnight, the first since February 2017. That’s against forecasts for a surplus of $27.5 billion. Exports fell 2.7% y/y, while imports rose 14.4%.

I guess it’s time for Xi to make some red trucker hats – #Make China Great Again!

There’s obviously some seasonality here, but this is still notable – especially in light of trade tensions and questions about the viability of the “synchronous global growth” narrative:


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