On Monday, the country announced that its economy had expanded 6.9 per cent in the second quarter, unchanged from the year-on-year growth rate in the first quarter.
In the first six months, however, growth in retail sales of consumer goods expanded to 10.4 percent from the same period past year, or compared with 10 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Analysts had predicted a slight cool-down in the second quarter, to growth of 6.8 percent.
He said: "Boosted by both fiscal and monetary stimulus in 2016, China remains on track to meet the 6.5% to 7.0% economic growth target laid down by the ruling Communist Party".
The numbers come amid a trade dispute with the United States, which says China has flooded global markets with cheap aluminum and steel.
Thus, China managed to exceed its target of 6.5 percent growth, set by the government for 2017.
Data from NBS showed that industrial output climbed 7.6% annually, faster then the 6.5% increase logged in the prior period.
Although "retail sales were somewhat stronger", he noted that the "underlying data suggests that external demand and capex remain the key drivers of growth". A report on how - or if - the USA will react could come as early as this week.
For the first six months, refinery production in the world's second-largest fuel consumer gained 3 percent from a year earlier to 275.21 million tonnes, or about 11.1 million bpd.
Xing Zhihong, spokesperson of China s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said China's economy is operating within a reasonable range, maintaining stable, coordinated and sustainable development.
"The biggest risk is the credit and loan risk of enterprises", Hu said.
Some analysts are predicting that tighter lending rules may not have the cooling effect that many expected.
The news comes as the government focuses on reining in the country's rapidly ballooning debt.
The surplus with the United States was $25.4 billion in June, up from $22.0 billion in May, official data showed last week, and its widest since October 2015, according to a Reuters calculation.