[size=36]China's exports drop in November and import growth indicates a recovery in demand[/size]
The trade dispute between the two countries, which has lasted for 17 months, increased the risk of a global recession and fueled speculation that policymakers in China will launch more stimulus, as growth in the second largest economy in the world slowed to the lowest level in nearly 30 years.
Exports fell 1.1 percent last month, compared to the same period last year, according to customs data released on Sunday, compared to expectations for a 1 percent expansion in a Reuters poll of analysts, and a 0.9 percent drop in October.
Imports rose by a surprising 0.3 percent compared to a year ago, marking the first annual growth since April, compared to economists' expectations for a 1.8 percent decline.
Import data better than expected may indicate an improvement in domestic demand after factory activities showed signs of sudden improvement in recent times, but analysts pointed to the difficulty of continuing the recovery amid commercial risks.
China's trade surplus was $ 38.73 billion, compared to expectations for a surplus of $ 46.30 billion in the poll, and with the surplus recorded in October at $ 42.81 billion.
Beijing and Washington are negotiating a preliminary trade agreement aimed at defusing the trade dispute, but differences remain over important details.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday that a December 15 deadline remains in place for a new round of US tariffs due to take effect on the rest of China's $ 156 billion in exports to the United States, but added President Donald Trump is satisfied with the course of trade talks with China.
A Chinese official told Reuters that Beijing will impose fees on its part in response to this, if US fees are imposed on December 15, which could dispel any opportunity for a trade agreement soon.