China's monthly trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record high of almost $29bn (£22bn) in June as exports to America remained strong.
Last week, the United States and China introduced tariffs of 25 percent on $34 billion of each other's exports.
As the world's largest exporter, China has threatened retaliatory action against the tariffs and pledged that it would lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization.
In the first half of the year, Chinese exports to the USA increased 13.6 percent as compared to the same period in 2017, while imports from the US only rose 11.8 percent.
Firing the first shots in a trade war that has rattled financial markets and raised risks to the global economy, Washington last week imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports, drawing rapid retaliatory duties by Beijing on the same amount of USA exports to China.
However, a lower yuan would make it more expensive for China to import United States goods.
Growth in imports for June showed a moderate slowdown from May, official data showed on Friday.
Analysts expect to see the impact of the tariffs in July's figures.
Earlier on Thursday, President Donald Trump said the United States was in a nasty trade battle with China, but things would ultimately work out.
But comments from China's commerce ministry indicated that June's figures are a blip, a result of Chinese companies pushing to get products out the door before the tariffs went into effect, according to Reuters.
Imports grew 14.1 percent in June, customs said, missing analysts' forecast of a 20.8 percent growth, and compared with a 26 percent rise in May.
But in a statement coming from the Chinese Commerce Ministry, The Asian nation said the surplus was overestimated and caused by America's own "domestic structural problems".
The spiralling battle with Beijing shows no signs of cooling down, and observers warn the impact will begin to hurt soon as China's economy struggles with slowing growth just as leaders try to battle a worryingly large debt mountain. This reduces the domestic pressure on the United States to resolve its trade disputes with China, Canada, Mexico and Europe, which triggered the new tariffs. Its trade surplus with the U.S. over the same period was $133.76bn, up from $117.51bn past year.
China's trade surplus with the United States, which is at the centre of the tariff tussle, widened to a record monthly high of $28.97 billion, up from $24.58 billion in May, according to Reuters calculations based on official data going back to 2008. China retaliated with higher duties on a similar amount of American goods.
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