January exports rose 11.1% from a year earlier, picking up from a 10.9% gain in December, official data showed on Thursday.
China's global imports soared and exports remained strong last month, while its trade surplus with the SU narrowed after reaching record levels a year ago, official data showed yesterday.
The value of China's gold reserves rose to $79.675 billion at the end of January, from $76.47 billion at end-December.
China's currency slumped overnight after hitting a two-year high the day before, following the release of weaker than expected foreign trade data, which some investors believe may goad Beijing nearer to loosening capital controls as a means of offsetting recent strength in the yuan.
Beijing's steady accumulation of multibillion-dollar trade surpluses with the United States has prompted demands for import controls.
Import growth was driven in part by demand from factories that are restocking before shutting down for the Lunar New Year holiday.
In response, China's commerce ministry launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into imports of sorghum from the USA over the weekend.
"We will carry out trade-remedy practice strictly in accordance with the WTO rules and China's relevant laws", he said.
Exports surged 36.9 per cent to $180.1 billion, up from the previous month's 4.5 per cent.
This week China announced an investigation into imports of a USA agricultural product after President Donald Trump's administration launched a spate of new trade tariffs and probes into Chinese goods.
Still, analysts worry the persisting deficit will compound sensitive trade relations between the two countries.
China benefited from a global trade boom in 2017, which helped its exports grow at the fastest pace since 2013.
"Don't read too much into China's surging imports and above-expectation exports", Bloomberg economists Tom Orlik and Fielding Chen wrote in a note.
Authorities have continued to introduce new measures, including requiring local firms to report larger investments through offshore units and limiting the amount of cash that Chinese can withdraw using bank cards when they are overseas.
Calendar effects likely reduced activity in January 2017.
"More working days would definitely have an impact", Gai Xinzhe, an analyst at Bank of China's research institute, referring to the holiday shift.
After the People's Bank of China (PBoC) set the midpoint for the USD/CNY at 6.2822, the strongest level since August 2015, it's been nothing but one-way traffic for the yuan, slipping by around 1% against the USA dollar. "Trade data in the first two months are extremely volatile and it's better to look at the first quarter data".
Crude imports surged to a record.