Before the onset of the global financial crisis, China could be relied upon to export its way out of trouble. Year after year, its exports grew at an annual rate well in excess of 20 per cent. As its current account surplus rose, its economy expanded with a swagger that became the envy of the world. Now, however, China’s export growth has faded, its current account surplus has almost disappeared and Beijing has had to search for alternative sources of rapid economic expansion.
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