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Mar 11 / Jonathan

The fall in China’s exports

Brad Setser. Talk about falling off a cliff…

The fall in China’s exports caught up with the fall in China’s imports, at least for now

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… After soaring for most of this decade — the pace of China’s export growth clearly turned up in 2002 or 2003 and then stayed at a very high pace — China’s exports are falling back to earth. The surge in China’s exports could prove to be as unsustainable as the rise in US (and some European) home prices. They might end up being mirror images … as Americans and Europeans could only import so much from China so long as they could borrow against rising home prices. …

via Calculated Risk