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MNI POLICY: US, China Agree To Phased Tariff Removal If Deal

MNI (London)
By Wanxia Lin
     BEIJING (MNI) - China and the U.S. have agreed on removing tariffs imposed
since the beginning of the current trade dispute in a phased manner, Ministry of
Commerce spokesman Gao Feng told a briefing Thursday.
     "As for the amount of tariffs to be removed in the first phase, it is
dependent on what's in the 'phase-one' deal," said Gao, without giving details
on which of the tariffs could be cancelled first, or what the U.S. demanded in
return for easing their position.
     If both sides agree a 'phase-one' deal, a level of tariffs proportionate to
scope of the agreement will need to be removed, Gao reiterated, emphasizing that
this would be an important condition for reaching a deal. 
     There are no details yet about when and where the two countries will sign
the interim agreement, Gao added.
     China also urged the U.S. to respect WTO rules, and take actions to remedy
wrongdoings, so to maintain a healthy trade relationship between the two
countries, said Gao, when asked about whether China will go ahead with the
recent WTO ruling over the imposition of $3.6 billion of sanctions on U.S.
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