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A worker checks container trucks at the container port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014.
A worker checks container trucks at the container port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014.
(Stringer/AP)

China’s trade numbers strong – and unreliable

China’s trade data, released Wednesday, would be great news for global growth if economists believed it was accurate.

China’s National Bureau of Statistics reported a 10.6 per cent jump in exports for January, well ahead of the 0.10 per cent growth expected by economists. Experts immediately expressed skepticism regarding the validity of the numbers.