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

BEIJING, April 13 (Reuters) - China's exports growth unexpectedly fell in March, the first drop since February last year, raising questions about the health of one of the economy's key growth drivers even as trade tensions rapidly escalate with the United States. China's March exports fell 2.7 percent from a year earlier, lagging analysts' forecasts for a 10 percent increase, and down from a sharper-than-expected 44.5 percent jump in February, which economists suspected was heavily distorted by seasonal factors. Imports grew 14.4 percent, beating forecasts for a 10 percent growth and compared with 6.3 percent growth in February. Following is a breakdown of China's exports and imports with its biggest trade partners in March.

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

Mar-18 Exports Imports Balance Exports Imports +/- % y/y Exports +/-

Imports +/- % m/m

+/- % y/y % m/m

Japan 11.6 16.4 -4.8 -3.7% 16.0% 12.2% 48.1% South Korea 8.9 17.0 -8.1 -4.2% 19.1% 21.9% 26.0% Taiwan 3.7 15.2 -11.4 8.1% 30.0% 26.0% 45.6% European Union 26.7 23.1 3.6 -7.0% 10.0% -10.7% 40.1% USA 30.7 15.3 15.4 -5.6% 3.2% -3.3% 41.7% Australia 3.2 8.9 -5.6 -1.3% 1.1% 2.2% 18.6% ASEAN 24.5 21.6 3.0 1.4% 13.4% 23.2% 22.9%

(Reporting by Stella Qiu and Elias Glenn; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)