(This Jan. 13 story corrects first paragraph to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump)
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may limit the growth of China's exports by imposing greater trade protectionist measures, China's customs agency said on Friday.
China is the biggest loser in the anti-globalization trend, customs spokesman Hung Song ping told reporters, adding it will be difficult for China's foreign trade to improve in 2017 due to rising costs and other factors.
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The challenges China faces in trade are not short-term but its economy can handle them, he said, adding he hopes that U.S.-China trade cooperation will continue.
China, the world's largest trading nation, could be heavily exposed to protectionist measures this year if Trump follows through on campaign pledges to brand it a currency manipulator and impose heavy tariffs on imports of Chinese goods.
(Reporting by Elias Glenn; Writing by Sue-Lin Wong; Editing by Kim Coghill)