China's November exports rose 0.1 percent on-year on a dollar denominated basis, reversing October's 7.3 percent decline, Reuters reported on Thursday citing official data.
Imports meanwhile grew at the fastest pace since September 2014, rising 6.7 percent from a year ago. Imports into China fell 1.4 percent in October.
That brought the November trade surplus to $44.61 billion versus $49.06 billion in October.
Reuters had predicted a 5.0 percent decline for exports, a 1.3 percent decline for imports and a $46.3 billion trade surplus.
In Chinese yuan terms, exports expanded expanded 5.9 percent while imports rose 13 percent from a year ago.
"The improvement (in exports) reflects a strengthening in global demand, with recent business surveys suggesting that developed economies are on track to end the year on a strong note," wrote Capital Economic's China economist Julian Evans-Pritchard in a note Thursday.
Meanwhile, China's imports also improved, reflecting a recent pick-up in the price of industrial commodities that likely pushed up import values, he said.