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

BEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - China's exports unexpectedly fell in August while imports shrank for a fourth month, pointing to further weakness in the world's second-largest economy and underlining a pressing need for more stimulus as the Sino-U.S. trade war escalates. August exports fell 1% from a year earlier, the biggest fall since June, when they fell 1.3%, customs data showed on Sunday. Analysts had expected a 2.0% rise in a Reuters poll after July's 3.3% gain. Meanwhile, China's imports shrank for the fourth consecutive month since April. Imports dropped 5.6% on-year in August, slightly less than an expected 6.0% fall and unchanged from July's 5.6% decline. August saw a dramatic escalation in the bitter year-long trade row, with Washington announcing 15% tariffs on a wide range of Chinese goods from Sept. 1. Beijing hit back with retaliatory levies, and let its yuan currency fall sharply to offset some of the tariff pressure. Following is a breakdown of China's exports and imports with its biggest trade partners in August.

Aug-19 Exports Imports Balance Exports Imports Exports Imports($bln) ($bln) ($bln) +/- % y/y +/- % y/y +/- % m/m +/- % m/mJapan 11.7 14.4 -2.6 1.4% -8.8% -2.8%

-1.6%

South Korea 8.4 14.5 -6.0 1.9% -17.6% -11.7%

0.1%

Taiwan 4.7 15.6 -10.9 24.6% -1.4% -2.0%

5.3%

European Union 38.2 23.6 14.6 3.2% -5.2% -0.3%

-1.4%

USA 37.3 10.4 27.0 -16.0% -22.4% -4.0%

-4.9%

Australia 3.6 11.9 -8.3 -17.0% 32.2% -11.5%

2.7%

ASEAN 30.0 25.5 4.5 11.2% 7.6% -1.6%

8.9%

Source: Reuters calculations based on customs data

(Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; editing by Richard Pullin)