China's exports and imports both fell in September from a year earlier, though they contracted at a slower pace even as global demand remained muted.
Customs data released Friday showed exports for September slid 6.2 per cent to USD 299.13 billion in the fifth straight month of decline. Imports also slid 6.2 per cent to USD 221.43 billion.
China posted a trade surplus of USD 77.71 billion, up from USD 68.36 billion in August.
Lu Daliang, spokesperson of the General Administration of Customs, said in a press conference Friday in Beijing that the unstable momentum of the global economy's recovery from the pandemic was the biggest challenge facing China's exports.
China's economy has declined at a slower pace after leaders enacted a slew of policy support measures in recent months. However, property sector remains a drag on the economy, with sales slumping and developers struggling to repay massive amounts of debt.
The central bank has eased borrowing rules and and cut mortgage rates for first-time home buyers while providing some tax relief measures for small businesses.
Demand for Chinese exports weakened after the Federal Reserve and central banks in Europe and Asia began raising interest rates last year to cool inflation that was at multi-decade highs.