Figures show drop in import growth
China's exports grew strongly in July but import growth fell as the country's rapid economic expansion cooled, possibly hurting global demand.
Exports rose 38.1% over a year ago to 145.5 billion US dollars while imports gained 22.7% to 116.8 billion US dollars, the National Bureau of Statistics has said.
Export growth was above June's 35.2% rate but the rise in imports was down sharply from June's stunning 53% expansion.
Weakness in China's demand for imports could dent its ability to help to drive a global recovery amid Europe's debt crisis and slack sales elsewhere.
China's voracious appetite for imports eased as Beijing clamped down on a boom in bank lending and construction.
Economic growth slowed from the first quarter's 11.9% to 10.3% in the second quarter.
Global commodity prices fell as surging Chinese demand eased. Mining and other companies that enjoyed a windfall from China's boom warned their explosive sales growth will slow.