Living Up to the Title
China is undeniably a giant in global trade today. Over the past 35 years, foreign trade has played an important role in speeding up its economic growth. Despite this thrilling performance in the trade sector, Chinese officials and researchers invariably agree that China has yet to develop into a truly "strong" trading country.
Work Smarter, Not Harder

Analysts said the top trader spot is no reason for gloating as China is far from being a strong trading nation due to a lack of hi-tech exports and the lackluster service-trade data.

"Among our exported goods, most of them have an economically low added value and we have few of our own brands. We still lag behind in global marketing networks and models," said Gao Hucheng, China's Commerce Minister.

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