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China preliminary Q1 current account surplus $19 bln - FX regulator

BEIJING, May 8 (Reuters) - China posted a preliminary current account surplus of $19 billion in the first quarter of this year and a deficit of $19 billion on its capital and financial account, the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Monday.

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) also said in a statement that the current account surplus remained within a reasonable range in the first three months of the year. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)