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China 2017 trade surplus with U.S. tops $275 bln to record high

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's 2017 trade surplus with the United States reached an all-time high $275.81 billion, customs data showed on Friday, topping the previous record in 2015 of a $260.8 billion surplus.

China's December trade surplus with the U.S. was $25.55 billion, compared to $27.87 billion in November.

The 2017 increase in the surplus with the U.S. came as China's overall trade surplus declined to $422.5 billion. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; writing by Elias Glenn; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)