China's exports unexpectedly surged in March as America's speedy recovery from the pandemic spurred demand.
Stalled factory production in India, as the country struggles with a coronavirus crisis, also helped boost the global market for Chinese goods.
China's exports in dollar terms surged by more than 32% from a year earlier to almost $264bn (£190bn).
In the same month imports grew at the fastest pace in more than a decade, rising by 43% from a year ago.
Despite ongoing trade tensions with the US and other countries, China's exports for the month were almost $43bn more than its imports, a more than threefold increase.