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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 14:22 GMT
China dominates Christmas market

China says it is now the world's largest exporter of Christmas products.

The state-run news agency says seven-out-of-10 artificial Christmas trees bought by Americans are made in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The agency says the city earns $100m annually from artificial Christmas trees alone.

The city has 20 factories specialising in the trees and about 300 dedicated to Christmas products.

The agency quotes an unnamed Chinese official as saying that the White House in Washington has used Christmas trees from one particular Shenzhen plant for years.

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