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General Overview


1,336,718,015 (July 2011 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $9.872 trillion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $7,400 (2010 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

10.3% (2010 est.)


  • Mining and ore processing
  • Iron, steel, aluminum and other metals
  • Coal
  • Machine building
  • Armaments
  • Textiles and apparel
  • Petroleum
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Fertilizers
  • Consumer products, including footwear, toys and electronics
  • Food processing
  • Transportation equipment, including automobiles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Commercial space launch vehicles
  • Satellites


US $1.31 trillion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Electrical and other machinery
  • Oil and mineral fuels
  • Optical and medical equipment
  • Metal ores
  • Plastics
  • Organic chemicals


US $1.51 trillion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Copper
  • Fruit
  • Fish products
  • Electrical and other machinery, including data processing equipment, apparel, textile, iron and steel, optical and medical equipment

Alberta's exports to China:

CAN $2,780.8 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to China:

  • Ethylene glycol
  • Sulphur
  • Canola
  • Nickel
  • Polymers of ethylene
  • Wood pulp
  • Polyethylene
  • Whole hides and skins
  • Crude petroleum oil
  • Plant or laboratory equipment for heat treatment
  • Coal
  • Barley
  • Motor vehicles (non-transport purpose)
  • Copper
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery

Canada's main exports to China:

  • Ethylene glycol
  • Canola
  • Wood pulp
  • Nickel
  • Sulphur
  • Potash
  • Wheat
  • Machinery
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Polymers of ethylene

Information about China

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about China's economy, political system and history.

Country profile of China

Detailed Library of Congress profile of China.

Energy Information Administration
Energy profile for China.

Export statistics

Alberta's International Trade Review
An analysis of Alberta's international exports of goods and services. Published by Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.

Trade Data Online

Customized reports on Canada's trade with over 200 countries.

Alberta-China relations

Since the 1980s, the Alberta-China economic relationship has expanded to include sales of oil and gas equipment and services, IT, building products and a number of agricultural commodities and value-added products and includes increasing investment projects.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with China.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Agrifood: Agriculture opportunities are expected to expand in forage, cattle/swine genetics, canola oil, malt and feeds in the coming years. Governments and organizations in both countries are cooperating to offer opportunities for Albertan diary/meat products, refined canola oil and canola meal to access the China market. With the continuous efforts to re-enter China market after BSE, look for opportunities to export value-added pet foods and pet care products/services.

  • Building products: Energy efficient building materials, including windows and insulation materials, are in great demand in the China market if pricing is competitive.

  • Education and training: There are opportunities for teachers, executive, ESL and management training. Many Alberta institutions have joint programs with Chinese institutions in China.

  • Energy: Offshore oil and gas exploration and production opportunities are available for foreign investments. There are coal bed methane opportunities available in China for foreign investments as well.

  • Health and bio-industries: Opportunities exist for Alberta to provide China with pharmaceutical and healthcare products, medical equipment and devices, and medical training.

  • Industrial machinery and equipment: Opportunities are available in gas processing and compressor equipment, SCADA equipment, and agricultural equipment for the forage and food sector.

  • Information communication technologies (ICT): Opportunities for Alberta can be seen in the areas of telecommunication equipment, value-added telecommunication services, software, photonics, emergency response system, online and mobile gaming, e-commerce and e-government solutions.

Services for exporters

Canada Business
Online tool for new and experienced exporters.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation

Crown corporation that promotes and facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry.

Export Alert!
A resource for exporters to learn about changes in foreign export regulations.

Export resources
Resources for both new and experienced exporters.

International Trade Canada
Sector reports as well as a list of staff contacts that can assist exporters.

Services in China