India-China trade at $135.98 bn in 2022. Trade deficit crosses $100 bn mark

The trade between India and China touched an all-time high of $135.98 billion in 2022. However, New Delhi’s trade deficit with Beijing also crossed, the $100 billion mark, according to data released by Chinese customs on Friday.

The total India-China trade for 2022 was 8.4 per cent higher than the $125 billion mark in 2021.

China’s exports to India climbed to $118.5 billion, a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 21.7 per cent. At the same time, Indian exports to China dwindled to $17.48 billion. It was a decline of 37.9 per cent YoY.

The trade deficit for India stood at $101.02 billion, crossing the 2021 figure of $69.38 billion. With this increase of nearly 46 per cent YoY, India’s trade deficit with China crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time.

In 2021, the overall trade with China totalled $125.62 billion, an increase of 43.32 per cent YoY, crossing the $100 billion mark for the first time.

The trade deficit in 2021 stood at $69.56 billion as India’s imports from China increased 46.14 per cent to reach $97.59 billion. India’s exports to China had increased by 34.28 per cent YoY to reach $28.03 billion in 2021.

The trade between the two countries continued to boom despite border tensions following the military standoff in eastern Ladakh in May 2020.

According to an official brief on trade posted on the Indian Embassy website in Beijing, “the rapid expansion of India-China bilateral trade since the beginning of this century has propelled China to emerge as India’s largest goods trading partner by 2008”.

“Since the beginning of the last decade, bilateral trade between the two countries recorded exponential growth. From 2015 to 2021, India-China bilateral trade grew by 75.30 per cent, an average yearly growth of 12.55 per cent”, it said.

Also, on the global trade front, despite the weakening of the US and European demand and the Covid-19 controls leading to periodic shutdowns of several cities, including Shanghai, China posted a trade surplus of $877.6 billion in 2022.

As per the customs data, China’s exports in 2022 rose by seven per cent, and imports rose by 1.1 per cent, while China’s trade surplus last year stood at $877.6 billion. China’s exports increased to $3.95 trillion, decreasing from 2021’s high growth of 29.9 per cent, while imports increased by 1.1 per cent to $2.7 trillion, compared to the previous year’s 30.1 per cent rise.

(With agency inputs)

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