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China’s Economy and International Trade at a Glance : 
  1. Gross domestic product of China is 12,40 trillion US dollars in year 2013. This makes China’s economy 2nd largest economy in the world.    
  2. China is the world's 2nd biggest importer with 1.74 trillion US dollars volume and biggest exporter with 2.05 trillion US dollars volume in year 2012.  
  3. China’s exports exceeds its imports which means that China has a trade surplus. 
  4. China, once was a communist country, has been opening its economy step-by-step to private enterprises since 1980's.
  5. China owes its rapid economic growth to its cheap labor force. Thanks to its cheap labor force multinational companies have been using China as their production bases for decades. But since the beginning of 2000's strong rival countries which are located near to China have emerged that competing to reach international investment with cheaper labor force. Because of this reason some multinational companies have shifted their production plants in to Vietnam, Indonesia, India etc...
  6. China government is being accused of using improper trade incentives in China which leads to create unfair competitive advantage to Chinese companies against their competitors. 
  7. China has been a member of WTO (World Trade Organization) since 11 December 2001. Please check this link for further information on this topic.

Biggest Banks in China and their SWIFT Codes : 

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Bank Name
Assets(billion USD)
Swift Code(BIC)
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China 
China Construction Bank Corporation
Agricultural Bank of China
Bank of China
China Development Bank
Bank of Communications
Single-party socialist state
Gross domestic product, PPP
$12.405,00 billion
Renminbi (yuan) () (CNY)
International Tel. Code