The trade turnover between Russian Federation and China grew 34% year-on-year in January 2017 to $ 6.5 bln, China Customs Administration reported on Friday.
China's foreign trade figures were up in the first month of 2017, with total volume growing almost 20 percent since a year ago to US$482.2 billion.
Macro data are usually distorted by the Lunar New Year holiday, which fell in January this year, but in February last year.
It said exports jumped by 7.9 percent year on year to $182.8 billion (171.6 billion euros), reversing December's 6.1-percent plunge. Exports had been forecast to grow 3.1% according to a median estimate of 11 economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.
Trade relations between China and the United States are likely to be the focus of the White House now that temsions over the One China policy appear to have eased following President Donald Trump's assurance to uphold it when he called President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Import growth of crude oil expanded to 27.5 percent year-on-year from 9.6 percent prior.
But Nomura analysts said it can also be explained by a weakened yuan, which has made Chinese exports more affordable.
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China-US trade has grown 22 percent despite worries over a possible trade war between the world's first and second-largest economies. The surplus was expected to rise to $48.5 billion.
Still, by either measure it remained well above the sustained trade surplus of more than $20 billion that is one of three criteria used by the U.S. Treasury to designate another country as a currency manipulator.
The upside surprise in China's January trade data is likely to have been partially because of the holiday effect.
Export from China to Russian Federation rose 29.5% to $3.4 bln.
In volume terms, imports of iron ore also surged by 12 percent year-on-year in January following a temporary contraction in December.
In 2016, the trade turnover between Russian Federation and China increased by 2.2 percent, with the annual figure standing at $69.525 billion.