Customs data showed the surplus grew 4.2 percent on-year to $22.2 billion last month, with exports rising by a tenth and imports up more than 20 percent.
Imports expanded 12.9 per cent year-on-year in dollar terms, leaving the country's global trade surplus for the month at $28.8 billion, a turnaround from a $5 billion deficit the month before.
Chinese exports rebounded in April reflecting strong global demand, despite Beijing's ongoing trade frictions with the United States, customs data showed Tuesday.
China's exports to the U.S. rose 13.9 per cent in the first four months of 2018 from a year earlier, compared with a 14.8 per cent rise in January-March. The President has a great relationship with President Xi.
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"We are working on something that we think will be great for everybody", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Monday without giving further details on the negotiations. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Larry Kudlow, and Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro were all on the trip.
Liu led the Chinese delegation that spent two days negotiating in Beijing last week with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and other senior USA officials.
Chinese private enterprises played a bigger role in trade by contributing 38.6 percent to total trade, up 1.2 percentage points compared with the same period previous year.
In April, the trade surplus with the US swelled to $22.2 billion, up from $15.4 in March and the first increase since November, as exports to the USA grew at a double digit pace.
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The figures Tuesday will likely reinforce Washington's determination after high-level talks in Beijing last week ended with both sides admitting there were big differences to overcome, with threats of tariffs on billions of dollars of goods casting a shadow.
China's top economic adviser will visit the U.S. next week to continue discussions on the ongoing trade dispute between the two nations after talks in Beijing failed to produce a breakthrough to avert a possible trade war.
A Reuters report citing sources said China had offered to buy more United States goods and lower tariffs on some goods, including cars.
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