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China Exports to Russia Soar Despite Economic Slowdown

China’s top exports to Russia included smartphones, generator sets, excavators and containers, while imports from Russia also rose 55%.

Signs are emerging that China's trade and economic slump may be easing.
China's exports fell 6.2% from a year ago, while imports declined by the same amount, customs data showed on Friday (AFP file pic).


China’s exports to Russia soared by 21% in September from a year earlier, climbing by over 10% for a third consecutive month.

Top exports to Russia included smartphones, generator sets, excavators and containers. The surge outperformed China’s overall export growth of 5.7% by a significant margin, customs data showed on Monday.

The data bucked the trend of a global economic slowdown and rising prices from the Russia-Ukraine war which have weekend global trade figures.


Import Surge

China’s imports from Russia also jumped 55% compared with a 59% increase in August, partly driven by a 22% annual rise in oil imports, the customs data showed.

Oil supplies from Russia totalled 7.46 million tonnes, equivalent to 1.82 million barrels per day (bpd), compared with 1.96 million bpd in August.

As Western nations have shunned Russia, cooperation with Beijing has become increasingly important for Moscow. Bilateral trade has surged to over $136 billion in value in the first nine months, up 32.5%.


  • Reuters, with additional editing from Alfie Habershon



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Alfie Habershon

Alfie is a Reporter at Asia Financial. He previously lived in Mumbai reporting on India's economy and healthcare for data journalism initiative IndiaSpend, as well as having worked for London based Tortoise Media.


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