China-US trade gap rises to $30 billion in second quarter

China and the United States traded a record $30.6 billion of trade in the second quarter of 2018, with the U.S. having a $10.5 billion trade surplus, according to data from the Commerce Department. 

The trade deficit widened to $26.5bn in the year to June 2018, a year-on-year increase of 6.2%. 

Trade between the two countries increased 0.5% in the two months ending June 2018 to $23.4bn, while imports rose 0.3% to $19.4 billion. 

China’s Commerce Ministry reported the trade deficit was $7.6bn in 2017, a $3.4-billion increase from the previous year. 

But the data comes at a time of increased tension between the United State and China over the South China Sea and other territorial disputes.

The Commerce Department said the increase in the trade gap was mainly due to imports from the U to China.

The United States imported $10bn of goods from China in the first quarter of this year, while the country exported $10 billion to the United Kingdom. 

Trade in goods and services with the other 19 trading partners was down 3.7% in 2018, according a Commerce Department report.