China's exports rose 6.1 percent year on year in 2014, while imports increased 0.4 percent, customs data showed on Tuesday.
Last year, the country's total export and import values increased 3.4 percent year on year, said Zheng Yuesheng, spokesman for the General Administration of Customs. In December of 2014, China's foreign trade value hit 2.49 trillion yuan, an increase of 4.2 percent from a year earlier.
Trade with the European Union (EU), China's biggest trade partner, edged up 8.9 percent year on year to 3.78 trillion yuan in 2014, while
trade with the United States, China's second-biggest trade partner, rose 5.4 percent year on year to 3.41 trillion yuan in 2014.
China's trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, its third-largest trading partner, rose 7.1 percent year on year to 2.95 trillion yuan.Its trade with Japan meanwhile contracted 1 percent year on year, to 1.92 trillion yuan.