G20 Summit: Trump and Xi Agree to Restart US-China Trade Talks

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Tokyo, (Barwaqt News): The United States and China have agreed to resume trade negotiations, easing a protracted row that has fuelled a global economic slowdown.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached the agreement on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.

Trump said the talks had been “excellent”.

He had threatened to impose an additional $300bn (£236bn) in tariffs on Chinese imports.

However after the meeting in Osaka, he confirmed that Washington would not be adding the additional tariffs, and that he would continue to negotiate with Beijing “for the time being”.

The US president also announced that American companies could continue to sell to the Chinese technology firm Huawei, which Washington has banned because of security concerns.

This move appears to be a big concession to Beijing, says the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Osaka.

US and China – the world’s two largest economies – have been fighting a damaging trade war over the past year.

Trump accused China of stealing intellectual property and forcing US firms to share trade secrets in order to do business in China.

China, in turn, said the US’s demands for business reform were unreasonable.

The feud escalated in the months leading up to the summit, after talks between the two countries collapsed in May.

Speaking after his meeting with Xi at the summit, the US president said negotiations were “back on track”.

“We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be,” Trump told reporters. “We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens.”

In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said negotiators from both sides would discuss the specific details, but did not elaborate.

China’s official state news agency Xinhua also quoted Xi as saying: “China and the US have highly integrated interests and extensive co-operation areas and they should not fall into so-called traps of conflict and confrontation.”

The clampdown on dealing with Huawei has been a high profile part of the wider trade conflict between the US and China.

Trump’s decision to allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese technology firm is being seen as a substantial concession to the Chinese.

The US president is reversing a US ban imposed last month on Huawei buying US goods without a licence – including from Google, which is crucial to many of the Chinese firm’s products.

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