Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks

By Ayebare Mariam

The US and China have agreed to resume trade talks, easing a long row that has fuelled a global economic slowdown.

US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping reached agreement at the G20 summit in Japan.

Mr Trump also said he would allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, in a move seen as a significant concession.

Ahead of the G20 summit Mr Trump had threatened an additional $300bn (£236bn) in tariffs on Chinese imports.

However after the meeting on the sidelines of the main summit 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”.

And at a subsequent press conference, the US president declared that US technology companies could again sell to China’s Huawei – effectively reversing a ban imposed last month by the US commerce department.

The ban prevented US tech firms from selling to Huawei, crippling the Chinese firm’s ability to get critical American technology to help it make its products.

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