Israeli imports from China up 9.4 pct in Jan.-Oct.

JERUSALEM, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Israeli imports from China increased by 9.4 percent in the first ten months of 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report issued by the state's Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday.

From January to October this year, Israeli imports from China, excluding diamonds, totaled 7.66 billion U.S. dollars, higher than 7 billion dollars in the same period in 2019.

The report also said that Israeli monthly imports from China rose by 27.5 percent, from 706 million dollars in October 2019 to 900 million dollars in October this year.

Meanwhile, Israeli exports to China remained almost unchanged year on year during the first ten months of 2020, totaling 3.9 billion dollars.

However, there was a 14.4 percent increase in Israeli exports to China, from 347 million dollars in October 2019 to 397 million in October this year.