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China Jan-Feb exports tumble, imports slow as coronavirus batters trade

Plunging demand saps growth and leads to fears of weakest quarter since 1990

Workers load goods for export onto a ship at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- China's exports contracted sharply in the first two months of the year, and imports slowed, as the health crisis triggered by the coronavirus outbreak caused massive disruptions to business operations, global supply chains and economic activity.

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