By ZHOU LANXU and ZHONG NAN | CHINA DAILY
China's imports surged by the fastest pace in a decade last month as domestic demand gained more traction, but policy support is still needed in order to consolidate economic recovery and help hard-hit businesses, officials and experts said on Friday.
China's total foreign trade grew 26.6 percent year-on-year to 3.15 trillion yuan ($487.6 billion) in April. In US dollar terms, imports grew 43.1 percent last month, the fastest pace in over 10 years, the General Administration of Customs said on Friday.
During the January-April period, the country's imports jumped 22.7 percent year-on-year to 5.3 trillion yuan while exports soared 33.8 percent to 6.32 trillion yuan, sending its trade surplus surging 149.7 percent to 1.02 trillion yuan, according to Customs data.
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