Exports rose 5.5% yoy to 199.2 billion, down from July's 7.2% growth, trade data showed. Imports rose 13.3% to USD 157.2 billion, up from the previous month's 11%.
"The strong import data suggests that domestic demand may be more resilient than expected," said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report.
The International Monetary Fund expects this year's economic growth to slip to 6.6% from the last year's 6.7% and to below 6.2% in 2018.
China's global trade surplus declined by 19% in August from a year earlier to USD 42 billion. The politically sensitive surplus with the United States rose 4% to USD 26.2 billion.
This week, Trump threatened to block imports from countries that do business with the North, China's main trading partner. Downside risks to exports remain, in particular in the area of US-China trade relations, believe the economist.
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