The United States said on Tuesday that it is delaying tariffs on some Chinese-made goods — including cellphones, laptops, shoes and clothing — that had been targeted for the measure from next month as part of a spiraling trade war.

Other Chinese items will be removed from the list of goods which will be hit with a 10% tariff from September 1.

The Office of the US Trade Representative said it would go ahead with tariffs on about $300 billion (€268 billion) of other Chinese goods imported to the US in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive trade policies.

News of the delayed tariffs triggered a rally on Wall Street that saw the Dow Jones surge 2%.

Read more: Opinion: China, US digging in for long battle

Trade talks in doubt

The next round of talks between China and the US is planned for next month in Washington, but the deterioration in relations has cast doubt on whether the meeting will take place.

US President Donald Trump accused Beijing of continuing to renege on its commitment to buy US agricultural goods.

“As usual, China said they were going to be buying ‘big’ from our great American Farmers. So far they have not done what they said. Maybe this will be different!” Trump posted on Twitter on Tuesday. 

Solemn protest

Meanwhile Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.

The Chinese side said it made “solemn representation” on the tariffs.

“Both sides agree to talk again on the phone within two weeks,” the statement read.

Watch video 01:35

Trump to put tariffs on $300bn of Chinese imports

kw/aw (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)

DW sends out a daily selection of the day’s news and features. Sign up here.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Self-isolating with kids? There’s plenty more to do than watch TV

When your child’s idea of a good time is licking bus windows, throwing toothbrushes in the toilet or seeing how far they can sneeze, little words like “contagious” and “virus” can take on a rather urgent tang. And yet, as…

All but one airport on Spain’s Canary Islands will reopen today, allowing trapped British families to return home after half term, after Saharan sandstorm engulfed the area 

British holidaymakers will be able to return home after all but one of the Canary Islands’ airports reopened following closures caused by a Saharan sandstorm. Flights from Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and North Tenerife Airports will be able to…

Tokyo lifts state of emergency, braces for ‘new lifestyle’ with the virus

TOKYO — Somewhere in this crowded, sprawling city of 37 million people, the coronavirus is still lurking. But life must go on. On Monday, Japan lifted the state of emergency over the greater Tokyo area, effectively ending the country’s soft…

Honda to restart vehicle production in China on February 17 at the earliest

Original source: Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) – Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Tuesday it aims to restart vehicle and component production at most of its Chinese plants from Feb. 17, following the extended Lunar New Year holiday due to the…