An official report says Chinese manufacturing rose to the highest level in more than two years in July.
Friday's survey is the latest sign that the world's No. 2 economy is perking up after a series of mini-stimulus measures unleashed by authorities.
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The purchasing managers' index compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing rose to 51.7 last month from June's 51.0.
The index is based on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction.
It's the index's highest reading since April 2012 and follows an early version of a similar measure of factory activity by HSBC that rose to 52.
Communist leaders in Beijing have used small-scale stimulus in recent months to keep China's economy on track to meet its 7.5 percent full year growth target.