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Encouraged by Xi's remarks, but want "concrete actions": US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today welcomed Chinese Xi Jinping's remarks to open up his country's market, but ruled out reversing Donald Trump's 25 per cent import tariffs worth USD 50 billion on Chinese products, saying wants "concrete actions" from

In his keynote address at the Boao Forum for yesterday, Xi pledged to lower auto import tariffs, protect the intellectual property of foreign companies and further open the world's second largest economy.

"China's door of opening up will not be closed and will only open wider," Xi said.

"Certainly, we are encouraged by Xi's words, his kind words.But at the same time, we want to see concrete actions from China, and we're going to continue moving forward in the process and in the negotiations until those happen," told reporters at her daily conference.

The remarks came after Trump praised Xi for his remarks.

"Very thankful for President Xi of China's kind words on tariffs and automobile barriers...also, his enlightenment on intellectual property and We will make great progress together!" Trump tweeted.

The statements from both leaders follow a week of escalating tariff threats sparked by US' concern over China's trade and intellectual property policies, worrying financial markets over potential damage to global growth.

The world's top two economies had edged towards an all-out trade war after last week published a list of about 1,300 Chinese exports worth USD 50 billion that could be hit by US tariffs because of Beijing's alleged theft of intellectual property and technology.

in a retaliatory measure, decided to impose additional tariff of 25 per cent on 106 products under 14 categories worth USD 50 billion.

has already slapped tariffs on 128 US products, including wine and pork, totalling to USD 3 billion in retaliation to Trump's move to impose tariffs on and aluminium.

The also hailed Xi's remarks.

"We've been clear with the in areas that are of concern to US workers, US companies, and the overall trade balance. We have had those conversations with them, so I think we're looking like we're in a better place," said State Department

"What we may be seeing is China coming to terms with some of our concerns about unfair trade practices and the saying 'we stand by to engage with you, the government of China and President Xi on that matter'", she said.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 11:20 IST