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TABLE-China's August trade with U.S., EU and key nations

BEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - China posted stronger-than-expected import growth in August, reinforcing views that the world's second-largest economy is still expanding at a healthy pace despite tighter policy. China's imports grew 13.3 percent from a year earlier, official data showed on Friday, handily beating analysts' forecast of 10 percent and accelerating from an 11.0 percent pace in July. Following is a breakdown of China's exports and imports with its biggest trade partners in August.

(Trade figures in $ billion, percent changes year-on-year):

Aug-17 Exports Imports Balance Exports Imports Exports

Imports

+/- % y/y +/- % y/y +/- % m/m +/- % m/m

Japan 11.2 14.2 -3.1 1.1% 9.7% -0.5% 4.8% South Korea 8.6 15.3 -6.6 7.7% 13.1% 6.7%

10.6%

Taiwan 3.8 13.8 -10.1 12.1% 8.0% 7.9% 8.9% European 34.2 22.5 11.7 5.2% 19.1% 4.0% 8.8%

Union

USA 39.2 13.0 26.2 8.4% 18.1% 5.0% 7.2% Australia 3.5 6.7 -3.2 1.7% 7.1% 4.5%

-8.0%

ASEAN 23.3 21.0 2.2 6.0% 22.5% 1.8%

17.5%

(Reporting by Elias Glenn; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)