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China's service trade falls, deficit narrows in H1

(Xinhua)    09:46, August 05, 2020

China's service trade fell in the first half of 2020 (H1) due to the COVID-19 epidemic, but the trade deficit continued to narrow, data from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) showed on Tuesday.

Service trade totaled 2.2 trillion yuan (about 315.2 billion U.S. dollars) during the Jan.-June period, down by 14.7 percent year on year, said MOC official Xian Guoyi.

Xian said the country's service exports outperformed imports in recent months, with the service trade deficit narrowing by 46.1 percent from the same period last year to 401.7 billion yuan in H1.

The ministry highlighted strong resilience in China's trade of knowledge-intensive services amid the epidemic, which increased by 9.2 percent year on year in the period, accounting for 43.7 percent of the total trade in services.

Xian attributed the decline in service trade to virus-induced contraction in the travel industry, adding that after stripping out the impact of this sector, the country's service imports and exports rose by 2.1 percent year on year in H1.

In contrast to merchandise trade, trade in services refers to the sale and delivery of intangible products such as transportation, tourism, telecommunications, construction, advertising, computing, and accounting.

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