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Which global economies are propped up by China, and susceptible to its arm-twisting?

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Bloomberg8/28/2017 08:00 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Which global economies are propped up by China, and susceptible to its arm-twisting?
(Aug 28): China’s big trade surpluses hog all the headlines, but imbalances go both ways. South Korea has a US$72.2 billion ($98.2 billion) surplus with China and in fact tops a list of more than 40 nations that export more to the country than they impo
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(Aug 28): China’s big trade surpluses hog all the headlines, but imbalances go both ways. South Korea has a US$72.2 billion ($98.2 billion) surplus with China and in fact tops a list of more than 40 nations that export more to the country than they import from it, followed by Switzerland and Australia, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. Besides commodity exporters such as Iran and machinery producers like Germany, smaller economies such as Ireland, Finland and Laos round out the tally.

Imports by the world’s biggest exporter show how its humming factories prop up other economies — and for some of those, what is on the line should they find themselves involved with territorial disputes or geopolitical tensions with one of their biggest customers.

The data itself can be skewed as a result of those tensions. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank omit data from Taiwan. If included, the island would outrank all other economies except South Korea with a China surplus (including Hong Kong) of US$67 billion in 2016.

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