China Suspends Planned Tariffs on US Goods
Beijing suspended additional tariffs on US products that had been due to kick in on Sunday, 15 December, after Washington and Beijing announced a major thaw in their trade war Friday, 13 December.
China will suspend the planned addition of 10 percent and 5 percent tariffs on some US imports, and "continue to suspend additional tariffs on US-made autos and spare parts", China's finance ministry announced Sunday.
The move follows US President Trump's cancellation of new tariffs on Chinese products as part of a "phase one" trade deal.
China's commerce ministry said on Friday it had agreed with the US a mini-deal that includes a progressive rollback of tariffs and the protection of intellectual property rights.
In addition to existing tariffs, Trump had previously threatened to impose a 15 percent levy on Sunday on around $160 billion of Chinese exports, including popular US consumer goods like electronics and clothing.
China had said it would respond with a 25 percent tariff on US autos and a five percent tariff on auto parts -- levies that were suspended earlier this year as a goodwill gesture.
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