Growth in Chinese exports and imports was better than expected in June, official data showed today, but analysts warned the pick up could be temporary.
The world's second-largest economy is expected to lose momentum in the second half as Beijing clamps down on free-wheeling credit and property purchases that have been key drivers of growth for years.
Chinese exports rose 11.3% from a year ago to $196.59 billion, the customs administration said, topping a Bloomberg News forecast of 8.9%.
Imports were up 17.2% year-on-year - compared with an expected increase of 14.5% - to $153.83 billion, lifting the trade surplus to $42.76 billion.
While China's exports were likely to remain strong, analysts said they were sceptical that the current pace of imports can be sustained for much longer given the increasing headwinds to China's economy from policy tightening.
China has been trying to rein in risky bank lending and put restrictions on property purchases as the country's mounting debt fuels fears of a looming financial crisis that could blow out globally.
The surprising trade data comes ahead of US-China talks in Washington next week where they are expected to assess the results of a 100-day action plan aimed at improving trade ties between the economic rivals.
Tensions between the two countries have intensified in recent months amid disagreements over how to handle the growing North Korea threat.
China's trade surplus with the rest of the world has historically been a thorn in relations.
But US data released earlier this month showed America's deficit in goods with China, which the White House has targeted with accusations of unfair trade, fell 6.2% in May to $30.1 billion.