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 (2017): United States, Japan, and Hong Kong
Top 3 Exported Goods (2017): 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) $23,350,230,198,210 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.9% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $16,842 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 1/195 (2017)

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 %) 1.593% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $1,710,235,081,885 (2017)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 64.9% (2018)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 0.284% (2017)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 29.344% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $164,886,647,435 (2017)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 787,551,371 (2018)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 26.77% (2018)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 28.62% (2018)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 44.611% (2018)
Unemployment Rate 4.417% (2018)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $2,208,417,814,124 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $2,417,848,999,423 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 33.561% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $168,223,583,737 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $204,751,957,087 (2017)
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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