Politically volatile global trade surplus of China has increased to $676.4 billion, in 2021.
The milestone seems to be the highest ever recorded by any country. This comes as exports of the country jumped 29.9% over a year earlier even after facing semiconductor shortages, which disrupted manufacturing.
On Friday, the customs data showed that the country’s trade surplus in December swelled 20.8% over a year earlier to a monthly record of $94.4 billion.
A series of monthly export surpluses were piled up by China in 2021 but attracted less criticism from the trading partners than earlier as they were focused on containing the coronavirus infections.
Despite shortages of processor chips for smartphones and other products, the exports rose to $3.3 trillion in 2021. This happened as the global demand rebounded from the pandemic.
In some areas, power rationing imposed by the government also troubled the manufacturers.
The imports of the country also rose 30.1% to $2.7 trillion in 2021.