Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - China's trade with Afghanistan is growing rapidly, and in 2023 China could take second place after Pakistan in this regard. This bodes well for the continuation of part of China's global Belt and Road Initiative in the Afghan segment, according to Ariana News.
China imported $9.09 million worth of goods from Afghanistan and exported $59 million worth of goods from Afghanistan in December 2022 alone, according to Chinese customs data, bringing China's trade surplus to $49.9 million.
If we take these figures as average for 2023, then the volume of bilateral trade will amount to $816 million. According to the State Bank of Pakistan, bilateral trade with Afghanistan reached $1.513 billion in 2022. The Indian Ministry of Commerce claims $545 million.
From December 2021 to December 2022, exports from China to Afghanistan increased by 56.4%, although imports decreased by 1%. In December 2022, the main exports from Afghanistan to China were nuts, wool, semi-precious stones, dried fruits and vegetable products. China's main exports are synthetic threads, yarn, tires, synthetic fabrics, semiconductors, and general goods.