China's annual trade in goods topped $4 trillion for the first time last year, surpassing the U.S. as the world's largest trader.
In 2013, exports from the world's second-largest economy climbed 7.9 percent to $2.21 trillion, while imports rose 7.3 percent to $1.95 trillion, official figures showed, bringing total trade to $4.16 trillion, an increase of 7.6 percent from 2012.
Trade surplus for the full year stood at $260 billion, widening 12.8 percent from 2012.
Surplus for December, however, missed targets, coming in at $25.6 billion, far short of the $31.15 billion a poll by Reuters and smaller than the $33.8 billion logged in November.
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Exports for the month rose 4.3 percent from the year-ago period, lower than the 4.9 percent rise consensus and down from November's 12.7 percent rise.
Imports, meanwhile, rose an annual 8.3 percent in December, better than the 5.3 percent expected rise. Imports climbed 5.3 percent in the month before.
The China trade figures are closely watched for a gauge of how global demand is faring.