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China overtaking US as global trader

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tacey Rassas, a quality control manager at Suntech Power Holdings Co., a Chinese-owned solar panel manufacturer, examines a solar panel at a company facility in Goodyear, Ariz. The factory makes solar panels for one of the world's biggest solar manufacturers.

Associated Press/September 2012

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Shin Cheol-soo no longer sees his future in the United States. The South Korean businessman supplied components to American automakers for a decade. But this year, he uprooted his family from Detroit and moved home to focus on selling to the new economic superpower: China. In just five years, China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner for much of the world, including U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia, according to an Associated Press analysis of trade data.
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