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TABLE-China's July trade with U.S., EU and key economies

BEIJING, Aug 8 (Reuters) - China's exports unexpectedly returned to growth in July despite escalating U.S. trade pressure, but the rebound may be short-lived as Washington prepares to impose even more tariffs on Chinese goods. July exports rose 3.3% from a year earlier, the fastest since March, customs data showed on Thursday. Analysts had expected a slightly bigger 2.0% drop after June's 1.3% fall. But imports remained weak, declining 5.6% and highlighting still sluggish domestic demand. Still, the drop was less than an expected 8.3% and June's 7.3%. July saw a temporary ceasefire in the year-long trade war after leaders of both countries agreed in late June to restart negotiations and President Donald Trump offered some concessions. But Trump said last week more levies would be imposed from Sept. 1. Following is a breakdown of China's exports and imports with its biggest trade partners in July.

July-19 Exports Imports Balance Exports Imports Exports

Imports +/-

($bln) ($bln) ($bln) +/- % y/y +/- % y/y +/- % m/m % m/mJapan 12.1 14.6 -2.5 -4.1% -13.0% -0.4%

4.2%

South Korea 9.6 14.5 -4.9 9.2% -20.1% -0.2%

10.1%

Taiwan 4.8 14.8 -10.0 19.9% -6.8% 9.6%

10.3%

European Union 38.3 23.9 14.4 6.5% -3.3% 7.4%

7.3%

USA 38.9 10.9 28.0 -6.5% -19.1% -1.1%

16.3%

Australia 4.1 11.6 -7.5 1.1% 18.7% 6.2%

17.8%

ASEAN 30.5 23.4 7.1 15.6% 0.4% 2.2%

8.2%

Source: Reuters calculations based on customs data

(Reporting by Stella Qiu and Huizhong Wu)