The world's second-largest economy expanded 6.7 percent on-year in the first quarter, slightly slower than the previous quarter's 6.8 percent pace, according to official data released on Friday.
The results were bang in line with market expectations and suggested that the government's target range of 6.5 to 7 percent growth for 2016 was feasible as long as officials continued to use their vast policy toolbox to stimulate the economy.
For 2015, Beijing logged 6.9 percent growth, its slowest pace in 25 years.
Market reaction was modest, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite and the Hang Seng Index losing 0.3 to 0.4 percent each. The Australian dollar, a proxy for Chinese sentiment, ticked up 0.2 percent while the yuan was little changed around 6.4868 per dollar.
Other data out on Friday included fixed asset investments (FAI), industrial production and retail sales.
First quarter FAI climbed 10.7 percent on-year, a touch above the 10.3 percent rise Reuters predicted. For March, retail sales surged an annual 10.5 percent, versus estimates for a 10.4 percent increase, and industrial output rose 6.8 percent on-year, better than Reuters' 5.9 percent forecast.