Macau, China, 13 Jul – Trade between China and the Portuguese language countries increased by 83.29 percent year-on-year from January to May, for a total of US$32.84 billion, indicate figures released by China’s customs administration on Monday in Macau.
In the first five months of the year, China sold the Portuguese language countries goods worth US$9.91 billion (up 63.95 percent) and imported merchandise worth US$22.92 billion (up 93.15 percent).
Brazil continued to be China’s main Portuguese-speaking partner, with trade standing at US$20.31 billion, up 61.9 percent year-on-year. Next was Angola at US$11.09 billion, up 156.5 percent over the same period in 2009.
Portugal remained in third place, trading the amount of US$1.167 billion with China, up 37.7 percent year-on-year.
China established the Macau Special Administrative Region as its springboard for enhancing economic and commercial cooperation with the Portuguese language countries in 2003, the year it created the forum which meets at ministerial level every three years. (macauhub)