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Chinese exports can't find lane to full recovery

Trade indicator improves, confidence does not, wages still on the rise

Some 200,000 buyers from across the world gathered at the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou.

GUANGZHOU -- The latest China Import and Export Fair, a biannual event widely seen as an indicator of China's trade activity going forward, was a mixed bag. It showed signs that Chinese exports are on the mend, but a full-scale recovery remains a long way off due to structural problems.

The event, known as Canton Fair, is the largest trade fair in China. It has been held twice a year since 1957. Every spring and fall, some 200,000 foreign buyers descend on Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, southern China, to attend the event.

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