Economic Trivia

China is the world leader in gross value of agricultural and industrial outputs.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2019): United States, Japan, and Hong Kong
Top 3 Exported Goods (2019): Electrical Machinery, Industrial Machinery, and Furniture

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Mining and Ore Processing (Iron, Steel, Aluminum, Other Metals, Coal); Machine Building; Armaments; Textiles and Apparel; Petroleum; Cement; Chemicals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $24,274,130,797,201 (2020)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 2.348% (2020)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $17,204 (2020)
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GDP Country Rank 1/197 (2020)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 2.419% (2020)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $2,349,388,621,678 (2020)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 59.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 3.702% (2020)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 26.176% (2020)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $273,980,396,749 (2020)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 775,799,016 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 24.729% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 28.183% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 47.088% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 5% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $2,357,105,740,842 (2020)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $2,723,250,430,718 (2020)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 31.566% (2020)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $187,169,822,365 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $232,702,090,597 (2020)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, China’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank