China boosted trades with and investments in the countries covered by its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2018 amid a trade war between China and the US, according to the Chinese government.

The world’s second largest economy saw the total value of its trades with BRI countries increase to CNY 8.37trn ($1.24trn) last year, up 13.3% from the 2017 level, customs data showed.

The growth was led by a 24% rise in China-Russia trade, a 23.2% increase in China-Saudi Arabia trade, and a 33% hike in China-Greece trade.