Job seekers attend a job fair at the Human Resources Development Bureau of Hainan province in Haikou, China September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer
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China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump's battle with Beijing over industrial policy. Exports to the United States rose 13.4 percent to $44.4 billion, ticking up from July's 13.3 percent growth, according to customs data. Imports of U.S. goods rose 11.1 percent to $13.3 billion, decelerating from the previous month's 11.8 percent.The Chinese trade gap with the United States was up from July's $28 billion and June's $29 billion.China's global exports rose 12.2 percent to $217.4 billion, down from July's 12.6 percent.Exports to the 28-nation European Union, China's biggest trading partner, rose 11 percent to $37 billion.
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