China's current account surplus widened to USD 49.2 billion in the three months to September of 2019 from USD 46.2 billion in the previous period and compared to preliminary estimates of USD 54.9 billion, final data from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) showed. The goods account posted a surplus of USD 131.6 billion while the services account recorded a USD 72.5 billion deficit. Considering the first three quarters of the year, China recorded a current account surplus of USD 137.4 billion. Current Account in China averaged 396.61 USD HML from 1998 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 1330.85 USD HML in the fourth quarter of 2008 and a record low of -341 USD HML in the first quarter of 2018. source: State Administration of Foreign Exchange, China

Current Account in China is expected to be 72.22 USD HML by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Current Account in China to stand at 520.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the China Current Account is projected to trend around 67.52 USD HML in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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China Current Account

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
491.89 461.67 1330.85 -341.00 1998 - 2019 USD HML Quarterly
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China Current Account
Current Account is the sum of the balance of trade (exports minus imports of goods and services), net factor income (such as interest and dividends) and net transfer payments (such as foreign aid).

China Trade Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Balance of Trade 467.92 379.26 612.86 -320.02 USD HML [+]
Current Account 491.89 461.67 1330.85 -341.00 USD HML [+]
Current Account to GDP 0.40 1.30 10.10 -3.70 percent [+]
Imports 1908.55 1834.11 1951.34 13.88 USD HML [+]
Exports 2376.47 2213.37 2376.47 12.50 USD HML [+]
External Debt 19652.14 17106.00 19652.14 158.28 USD HML [+]
Terms of Trade 104.88 103.45 118.33 81.75 points [+]
Capital Flows -97.60 213.65 725.40 -1305.58 USD HML [+]
Foreign Direct Investment 1243.90 1107.78 1349.66 18.32 USD HML [+]
Tourist Arrivals 3054.00 2917.00 3054.00 22.96 Tens of Thousands [+]
Gold Reserves 1948.31 1936.49 1948.31 395.01 Tonnes [+]
Crude Oil Production 3806.00 3811.00 4408.00 1012.00 BBL/D/1K [+]
Terrorism Index 4.47 5.11 6.29 1.47 [+]
Tourism Revenues 5.97 5.40 5.97 4.13 CNY Trillion [+]
Weapons Sales 1040.00 1227.00 2605.00 3.00 USD Million [+]