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

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) - China's exports and imports growth slowed last month, raising concerns of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. In December, exports rose 10.9 percent from a year earlier, beating analysts' forecast of a 9.1 percent increase, but cooling from a robust 12.3 percent gain in November. Imports grew at an even slower pace of 4.5 percent year-on-year last month, the weakest since they rose 3.1 percent in December 2016, and way below forecasts of 13.0 percent growth. Following is a breakdown of China's exports and imports with its biggest trade partners in December.

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

Dec-17 Exports Imports Balance Exports Imports Exports Imports +/- % y/y +/- % y/y +/- % m/m +/- % m/m Japan 13.0 15.8 -2.9 14.9% 5.9% -3.0%

2.2%

South 9.4 17.2 -7.8 -6.1% 6.1% -5.9%

-3.4% Korea

Taiwan 4.6 15.1 -10.4 21.6% 2.1% 12.4%

-6.8%

European 37.8 23.1 14.6 12.7% 16.4% 11.4%

0.3% Union

USA 41.8 16.2 25.6 12.7% 5.8% -0.8%

14.0%

Australia 4.2 7.6 -3.4 21.6% 0.3% -4.5%

-9.4%

ASEAN 28.2 24.3 3.9 8.3% 11.1% -2.6%

0.4%

(Reporting by Elias Glenn; Editing by Sunil Nair)