China's textile and clothing exports in the first 11 months of 2007 rose by 20% year-on-year to US$160.7bn, according to data released last week by the China National Textile and Apparel Council.

Of the total, textile exports were up 16.2% to $55.2bn, and clothing exports surged 22.2% to $105.4bn.

In the 11 months from January to November, textile and clothing exports accounted for 14.6% of the country's total exports by value.

The increase in exports resulted in a trade surplus of $143.5bn - which is 60.3% of China's total trade surplus.

The United States was the largest importer of China's textile and clothing products - with shipments climbing 20.0% to $24.6bn - followed by Japan and Hong Kong.

In the 11 months to November 2007, China's textile and clothing exports to the European Union fell by 0.5% to US$26.5bn.