China's economy continues to struggle to recover from the pandemic.

China is trying to kick out of a steep economic collapse. But as the rest of the world continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the path to recovery can be difficult and slow.

Exports in the world's second-largest economy last month fell 3.3% compared to last year, customs data released this weekend showed a reversal, and in April exports increased by 3.5% Analysts attribute the downturn to weak demand abroad : While China started reopening its economy a few months ago, many other world powers have only just begun to lift blockades in the last few weeks.

The recovery in the country was also not quite smooth for China. Last month's imports fell by 16.7% m compared to the previous year - the deepest drop since January 2016 - which suggests that domestic demand is still low.

"Import data shows a weaker internal economic trajectory after opening, even as China begins to increase spending on infrastructure," wrote Mitul Kotecha, senior emerging market strategist at TD Securities

China - which struggled with a slowing economy before the virus hit - is trying to get out of the crisis. The country promised last month to add 3.6 trillion yuan ($ 500 billion) to its economy this year in tax cuts, infrastructure projects and other stimulus measures. They also want to create 9 million jobs.

Passenger car sales rose for the first time in 11 months in May, according to figures released by the China Passenger Car Association on Monday. Last month, the country sold 1.6 million new passenger cars, an increase of 1.8% compared to the previous year.