China overtakes Germany as biggest exporter

FILE - A worker stands in front of containers at the newly open Yangshan deep water port in this Dec. 10, 2005 file photo taken in Shanghai, China. China has overtaken Germany as the world's biggest exporter after December exports rose 17.7 percent despite weak global demand. Chinese state media said Sunday Jan. 10, 2010 the country's total 2009 exports were $1.2 trillion. That was just above the 816 billion euros ($1.17 trillion) in exports forecast last month by Germany's national foreign trade association for 2009. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

January 10, 2010 6:02:38 AM PST
China overtook Germany as the world's top exporter after December exports jumped 17.7 percent for their first increase in 14 months, data showed Sunday, in another sign of China's rise as a global economic force.