"China's economic structure is improving and new momentum is gathering", Mao said, citing strong growth in the service sector and consumption.
Beijing has set an official economic growth target of around 6.5 percent for 2017, down from last year's 6.8 percent growth.
On a quarter-to-quarter basis, which is how other major economies report data, the economy lost steam, expanding just 1.3 percent. Urban investment rose 8.9% the previous month.
China's economy grew 6.9% during the first quarter of 2017, with GDP amounting to CN¥ 18tn (£2.085tn, $2.6tn), the National Bureau of Statistics of China reported on Monday (April 17).
The Chinese economy picked up steam in the first quarter.
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Once again, China's policymakers leaned on infrastructure and real estate investment to drive expansion in the first quarter.
However, China's economy still relies heavily on massive state investments and projects, despite Beijing's efforts to reduce the dependence of the state when it comes to the country's growth.
The reading, the quickest increase in 18 months, was above the full-year target of 6.5 per cent and the 6.8-per cent increase registered in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Investment in property development rose 9.1 per cent in the first three months from a year earlier, compared with 8.9 per cent in the first two months and 6.9 per cent in 2016.
The property market beat expectations "in all indexes available" last month, and home sales remained upbeat in April according to early indicators, Eric Zhang, a Beijing-based analyst at China International Capital Corp. wrote in a note Monday. Their price hikes were between 0.2 and 0.6 percentage points slower than those in February.
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"The first quarter growth is mainly driven by reflation and very strong property sales and investment", said Larry Hu, head of China economics at Macquarie Securities Ltd.in Hong Kong.
"I think China should be directing the economy to slow down its growth in the long term.but on the contrary, growth is accelerating", said Hidenobu Tokuda, senior economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo.
The most-active steel rebar futures prices were down 1.15 percent at 2,918 yuan ($423.90) per tonne at 0243 GMT, on track for a 7.8 percent drop in April, their worst monthly performance since May a year ago.
With the signs of quiet consumer spending have surfaced the markets in U.S., China is clocking its first back-to-back acceleration in seven years.
Though the bank expects GDP growth to ease moderately in the second quarter and even look for some further moderation in following quarters, there is still solid growth momentum for the rest of the year, said J.P. Morgan China economist Zhu Haibin.
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