China recorded a Current Account surplus of 0.40 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product in 2018. Current Account to GDP in China averaged 2.17 percent from 1980 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 10.10 percent in 2007 and a record low of -3.70 percent in 1985. source: State Administration of Foreign Exchange, China

Current Account to GDP in China is expected to be -0.40 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the China Current Account to GDP is projected to trend around -0.30 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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China Current Account to GDP

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 1.30 10.10 -3.70 1980 - 2018 percent Yearly


China Current Account to GDP
The Current account balance as a percent of GDP provides an indication on the level of international competitiveness of a country. Usually, countries recording a strong current account surplus have an economy heavily dependent on exports revenues, with high savings ratings but weak domestic demand. On the other hand, countries recording a current account deficit have strong imports, a low saving rates and high personal consumption rates as a percentage of disposable incomes.

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 1367.10 1243.94 1367.10 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 [+]