The Chinese trade balance figures were released today, as the trade-balance surplus widens to $16.52 billion compared with the prior trade's surplus of $14.53 billion; also it exceeded expectations of $8.80 billion.

As, the nation's annualized exports came in line with expectations of 13.4%, yet it recorded a retreated reading measured up with the prior year's reading of13.8%.

On the other hand, the year's imports retreated to 11.8% compared with the prior year's reading of 22.1%; also it came below expectations of 18.0%.