China to Become Largest Importer Within Five Years

From iron ore to baby formula, electronic parts to durian that smells like gym socks, China is buying everything you can think of, and that will soon make the world’s biggest exporter the top importer in the next few years.China already takes more imports that the U.S. does from Asia, Africa, Oceania, South America and Eastern Europe, and it will likely snatch the No.1 importer crown from the U.S. within five years if the recovery seen in 2017 continues, CICC economists Liu Liu and Liang Hong wrote in a research note published on Monday.

Its transition from a factory for turning raw materials into exports to a consumer society will increase its economic power even further. China will likely start importing more consumer-related products than industrial materials, as it becomes the largest consumer market in the world, the economists at one of the country’s biggest investment banks wrote.

Source: China Likely to Overtake U.S. as Largest Importer Within 5 Years – Bloomberg

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary.

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