China News Service, May 14th, Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng pointed out that China ’s exports to Japan and South Korea both increased substantially in April. From January to April this year, China's exports to ASEAN increased by 3.9%, and the proportion increased by 1.5 percentage points to 15.6%. ASEAN became China's largest export market. From January to April, the total value of trade imports and exports between China and countries along the “Belt and Road” was 2.76 trillion yuan, an increase of 0.9%.
The Ministry of Commerce held a regular online press conference on the 14th. Some reporters questioned that exports in April were better than expected. According to research, exports to Southeast Asian countries increased; what is the current situation in May? Will it continue to improve? In addition, will expanding trade with countries along the Belt and Road be blocked due to the impact of the epidemic?
Gao Feng said that China's export growth in April this year was the result of a combination of factors. From the supply side, the domestic epidemic prevention and control battle has achieved major strategic results. The company's resumption of production and production has accelerated. The domestic industrial production capacity has rebounded, which provides a strong guarantee for expanding exports. From the demand side, the market demand in Japan and South Korea has recovered relatively quickly. In April, China ’s exports to both countries achieved substantial growth. The ASEAN market is generally stable, and the growth rate of my exports to ASEAN in April was higher than the overall growth rate. From January to April, China's exports to ASEAN increased by 3.9%, and the proportion increased by 1.5 percentage points to 15.6%. ASEAN became China's largest export market.
Regarding the trade situation of countries related to the “Belt and Road”, the peak introduced that from January to April this year, the total value of trade import and export between China and the countries along the “Belt and Road” was 2.76 trillion yuan, an increase of 0.9%, which was higher than the growth rate of foreign trade by 5.8 Percentage point, the proportion increased by 1.7 percentage points to 30.4%.
"The epidemic continues to spread around the world, and it also poses challenges to China's economic and trade cooperation with countries related to the" Belt and Road. "Gao Feng pointed out that in the short term, the epidemic has caused inconvenience for goods and personnel exchanges, and the supply chain of the industrial chain is not well connected. In the long run, China and relevant countries have a solid foundation for trade cooperation and still have great potential.
The epidemic has further highlighted the necessity and urgency of deepening the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” initiative. In the early days of the outbreak, many countries along the “Belt and Road” initiative offered China assistance in various areas, including epidemic prevention materials. With the improvement of China's domestic epidemic prevention and control situation and the enhancement of anti-epidemic assets, China has done its utmost to provide a large number of medical supplies to many countries related to the “Belt and Road” initiative. The mutual help and cooperation in epidemic prevention and control are the embodiment of the “Belt and Road” spirit and the joint efforts to build a community of shared future for mankind.
Gao Feng said that in the next step, China will continue to strengthen cooperation with relevant countries along the “Belt and Road” to jointly combat the epidemic situation, consolidate the good momentum of economic and trade development, further enhance the level of convenience, and promote the stable and healthy development of economic and trade cooperation.