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China June trade surplus with U.S. rises to $29.92 bln

BEIJING, July 12 (Reuters) - China's trade surplus with the United States, a major source of friction with its biggest trading partner, rose to $29.92 billion in June from $26.9 billion in May, customs data showed on Friday.

For the first half of 2019, China's trade surplus with the U.S. was $140.48 billion, compared with $133.76 billion in the same period in 2018.

The persistently strong surplus is one of the main issues in the year-long trade war between the two economic giants, which is increasingly weighing on businesses on both sides of the Pacific and dragging on the global economy. (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk Editing by Shri Navaratnam)