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De-escalating trade war: Xi promises lower tariffs, opens economy further

Xi also said China would raise the foreign ownership limit in the automobile sector "as soon as possible"

Reuters  |  Boao, China 

Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping 

Chinese on Tuesday promised to open the country's economy further and lower import tariffs on products including cars, in a speech that comes amid rising trade tensions between and the

Xi also said would raise the foreign ownership limit in the automobile sector "as soon as possible" and push previously announced measures to open the financial sector.

"This year, we will considerably reduce auto import tariffs, and at the same time reduce import tariffs on some other products," Xi said at the Chinese in province.

The comments sent U.S. stock futures, the dollar and Asian shares higher.

They come amid rising trade tensions between and the following a week of escalating tariff threats sparked by U.S. frustration with China's trade and intellectual property policies.

Xi said that China will take measures to sharply widen market access for foreign investors.

China will also speed up opening of its to foreign investors, Xi said.

 

First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 20:59 IST
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