China’s trade surplus soared to US$41.66 billion in May 2019 from US$23.42 billion in the same month a year earlier. This was the largest trade surplus since December last year, as exports rose by 1.1% year-on-year to US$213.92 billion, while imports contracted 8.5% to US$172.18 billion. Considering the first five months of the year, the trade surplus widened to US$131.82 billion from US$94.36 billion.