Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Donald Trump agreed on Saturday to re-launch the stalled negotiations to end a bruising trade war, according to the Chinese state media which said the US will not impose new tariffs on imports from China.
The move came as Trump held a lengthy meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit in Osaka, Japan. During the meeting, the US said it will not add new tariffs on Chinese exports, China's state-run China Daily reported.
Trump's assurance that no further tariffs would be imposed on Chinese goods has come as a relief in China, which is reeling under continued slowdown of the economy. The negotiating teams from the two countries are to discuss specific issues, it said.
Trump said he harbours no hostility towards China and hopes for better relations between the two countries, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The US and China - the world's two largest economies - have been fighting a damaging trade war over the past year.
Trump is demanding China to reduce massive trade deficit which last year climbed to over USD 539 billion. He has also asked China to workout verifiable measures for the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods in the Chinese markets.
Trump has already slapped a 25 per cent tariff on USD 250 billion in Chinese goods. Trump has also threatened 25 per cent tariffs on another USD 300 billion in goods from China. China said will re-start "on the basis of equality and mutual respect," the media reported.
Special teams from both the sides headed by high-level officials held 11 rounds of talks to end the tariff war. The feud escalated in the months leading up to the summit, after talks between the two countries collapsed in May.
Noting that global situation and China-US relations have changed considerably in the past four decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Xi said that there is an unchanged fundamental fact that cooperation will benefit the two nations, while conflict will injure both sides.
Cooperation is better than friction, and dialogue is better than confrontation, Xi said, adding that he and Trump have maintained close contact through phone calls and letters.
Xi said that he would like to exchange views with Trump on fundamental issues in the development of Sino-US relations, set the direction for the development of bilateral ties, and promote the development of cooperation and stable China-US relations.