Taiwan exported 9.22 billion U.S. dollars worth of
products and services to the Chinese mainland in the first
four months of this year, making it the island's largest
export market, according to news reaching Hong Kong from
Taipei on June 28.
mainland-bound exports for the January-April period
represented an increase of 21.2 percent over the same period
of last year.
Major exports to
mainland included electrical equipment and parts, machine
tools, plastics, steel, synthetic fibers, optical products,
organic chemicals, industrial textiles, and brass and bronze
Meanwhile, Taiwan posted
a trade surplus of 6.99 billion dollars against the mainland
in the first four months of this year, up 23.4 percent over
the year-earlier level.
imported 2.23 billion dollars worth of goods from the
mainland in the first four months, up 14.8 percent.
Most of the imports in this period
were electrical equipment and parts, machine tools and
components, mineral fuels, iron and steel, stone materials,
cement, organic chemicals, toys, sporting goods, furniture,
and bedroom linen.