China's exports rose 12.7 percent in November, compared to the same month last year, the General Customs Administration said Sunday.

The latest trade figures from the world's largest exporter provide another sign that the Asian giant is returning to its high growth rates.

China's exports totaled $202.21 billion last month, while imports came in at $168.4 billion, with the year-on-year growth rate at 5.3 percent.

The world's second-largest economy posted a trade surplus of $33.8 billion in November, the biggest monthly surplus since January 2009.

Total foreign trade in the January-November period rose to $3.8 trillion, up 7.7 percent from the same period in 2012.

China, which is still largely dependent on the export sector to fuel economic growth, has seen its economy slow in 2012 and 2013 due to falling demand on the part of its main trade partners, the United States, the European Union and Japan.

China's economy is expected to grow 7.6 percent this year, or just one-tenth of a percent more than the target set by officials, government experts said.

The gross domestic product is expected to expand by 7.5 percent in 2014 due to the continuing slowdown, the experts said. EFE