For the first time since the US-China trade war began, Beijing has waived import tariffs on more than a dozen US goods, FT reports.
Beginning Sept. 17, China will exclude tariffs on 16 types of US exported goods for one year – a sign of good will ahead of talks between US and Chinese trade delegations.
Cancer drugs, lubricant oils and a handful of chemicals which China either doesn’t produce itself or can’t easily replace by buying from other countries made it on the list.
No major US items, like soybeans or pork, were included in the list of excluded items, as Beijing has turned to other countries like Argentina and Brazil to source many of these products.
China’s State Council, which made the announcement, said it expects to release more lists of exempted goods in the near future, according to CNN.
Ahead of a trip to Washington by China’s top trade negotiators next month, lower-level Chinese delegates are expected to resume talks with their US counterparts this week or next.
Ultimately, the Chinese are hoping to see Washington roll back the ‘black-listing’ of Huawei.
“The Chinese are waiting to see what the US does on Huawei,” said one person briefed on the talks.
The next round of US tariff hikes is expected to take effect on Oct. 1, the same day that the CCP will celebrate its 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of Chin in 1949.
Yesterday, US stocks pumped, then dumped, on the ‘old’ news that Beijing would try to “sweeten” the deal for the US by buying more agricultural products.