Stephen Perry, chairman of The 48 Club, and Danny Quah, professor of economics at the London School of Economics, discuss the benefits of trade deals between the U.K. and China.
Despite the unexpected drop in imports, Andrew Freris, CEO of Ecognosis Advisory, says markets should cheer a widening trade surplus in China.
Chong Yoon-Chou, Investment Director at Aberdeen Asset Management Asia, says China is committed to economic reform and thus will be unlikely to unveil fresh stimulus.
Catherine Yeung, Investment Director at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, says falling iron ore prices are holding Australia's exports down.
Kevin Chen, President of ReneSola America, thinks Washington's move to slap new duties on Chinese solar imports will hurt both consumers and manufacturers.
The Commerce Department announced new duties on Chinese solar products Wednesday, sending U.S. solar stocks higher.
The US is sending a delegation to Southeast Asia to promote US business in the region, a key for growth and competitiveness, says Sec. Pritzker.
CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest data on productivity and international trade.
Iranian oil exports are running above the levels the Islamic Republic agreed to when sanctions were loosened.
Junko Nishioka, Chief Economist Japan, RBS, says a sluggish recovery in exports is the main reason why Japan saw weaker-than-expected industrial output for April.
SolarWorld has taken the lead in petitioning for tariffs on Chinese solar firms, and China may have noticed.
Nils Anderson, CEO of Moller Maersk, says global trade is slightly better than expected, but adds that it's not the easiest business environment in which to increase turnover.
Catherine Mellor, Director, Asia at U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says Tokyo's offer to reduce protection for its agricultural sectors is an "encouraging sign" for TPP trade negotiations.
Timothy Riddell, Head of Global Markets Research Asia at ANZ, says it remains to be seen whether the positive momentum in Chinese economic data can continue.
Luca Silipo, Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis, says it is difficult to assess the state of China's economic health from one set of monthly trade figures.
China's exports and imports rose in April from the year-ago period, government data showed on Thursday, defying expectations for a dip on both figures.
Kelvin Wong, China & Hong Kong Equities Analyst at Julius Baer, explains why China's export data won't have any significant market implications.
Frederic Neumann, MD & Co-Head of Asian Economics Research at HSBC, says China's contracting exports amid a global economic recovery suggests that it may be losing competitiveness.
Mustapa Mohamed, Minister for International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, describes the difficulties the government is facing with the TPP trade deal.
Mustapa Mohamed, Minister for International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, explains why slowing growth in China won't have a big impact on trade with Malaysia.