China says have agreed with U.S. to cancel tariffs in different phases

Andrew Cummings
November 7, 2019

Beijing and Washington have agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other's goods as talks on ending their trade war progress, a Chinese spokesman said Thursday, removing a possible stumbling block to a settlement.

The cancellation of tariffs will be a condition for further progress towards a final deal, Gao said.

If the proposals go ahead it is likely to boost the global economy, which has been hammered by tensions between.

Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed last thirty day period to resume trade talks aimed at resolving a additional than 12 months-lengthy dispute around know-how and industrial plan.


U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said earlier this week that any Phase 1 agreement would be general and cover trade in specific areas such as soybeans and liquefied natural gas.

Onshore yuan can trade 2% either side of this midpoint.

He said China agreed to buy up to 50 billion dollars of American farm goods but Beijing has yet to confirm the scale of its commitment.

"China will continue to improve the business environment, to make it more market-oriented, law-based and internationalized", Xi said, addressing the second China International Import Expo in Shanghai.


He instructed reporters that if both equally sides attain a 1st section agreement, then dependent on that deal they will terminate already imposed tariffs proportionately.

There had been no indication whether Mr Trump might agree, which raised the possibility of another breakdown in negotiations.

"The question right now is what the two sides have actually agreed on - the market's focus has shifted to how the USA may react to China's tariff remarks tonight or in coming days", said Tommy Xie, an economist at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. He gave no indication whether rolling back tariffs was a possibility at this stage.

Dozens of venues have been suggested for a meeting, which had originally been set to take place on the sidelines of a now-cancelled mid-November summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Chile, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Wednesday.


The two sides hope to resolve issues of core concern in an equal and mutually respectful manner, the Chinese commerce ministry said.

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