China's exports of textile machines reached a record $290m in 2000, rising 80 per cent on a year-on-year basis, according to the Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile Products. The previous peak was $170m, achieved in 1998. China exported textile machines to 116 countries and regions in 2000, 16 more than in the previous year. Asia was the biggest market for China's exports, with a 70 per cent share, followed by North America with 17 per cent, Europe with 6.61 per cent; Africa with 4.35 per cent, South America with 0.99 per cent and Oceania with 0.89 per cent.