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(Reuters) - and the agreed on Saturday to a truce in their trade war following talks between Chinese and U.S. on the sidelines of the summit in

The expects to take immediate action to cut tariffs on U.S. and end intellectual property theft and forced as the two countries move toward a broader trade deal, a said on Monday.

However, there are differences in both countries' accounts of what was agreed. Here are some of the key differences:

QUALCOMM-NXP

The said Xi said he was open to approving the previously unapproved Qualcomm-NXP deal should it again be presented to him.

Senior Chinese officials did not mention this deal in a conference. However, at least one major Chinese outlet mentioned it on its account on Chinese WeChat, referring to the statement.

However, said on Monday it was not looking to revive its abandoned $44 billion acquisition of Dutch peer

CHINESE STRUCTURAL ECONOMIC CHANGES

The White House said Trump and Xi agreed to immediately begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture.

The Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, was less specific, telling reporters will import more products, based on market demand, from the in efforts to gradually ease imbalances in two-way trade.

Wang added that the two also agreed to open markets to each other, and that China will work to gradually resolve U.S. concerns in the process of further opening-up.

On Monday, influential Chinese tabloid the said it understood China and the United States will further discuss moves at expanding market access, intellectual property protection, avoiding compulsory technology transfers, and joint control of cyber crime.

90-DAY TIMEFRAME FOR TALKS

The White House said talks would take place to resolve within the next 90 days specific U.S. complaints such as forced technology transfer, or else existing 10 percent tariffs would go up to 25 percent. These had been scheduled to increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1 but were postponed as part of the weekend agreement.

Wang did not mention this timeframe, though Chinese has. told reporters that China and the United States would step up talks to remove the existing 25 percent tariffs (on some other products), but gave no timeframe.

Negotiators will actually have fewer than 90 days to reach a deal because of holidays in the two countries over the next three months, the Chinese to the United States, Cui Tiankai, told reporters on Monday.

CHINESE PURCHASES OF U.S. GOODS

The White House said China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other products from the United States. It also said China has agreed to start purchasing from U.S. farmers immediately.

China has made no direct mention of specific goods they will start to buy nor given any timeframe for when they may start.

ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS

China offered more than $1.2 trillion in additional commitments on trade at the Xi-Trump dinner, said on Monday.

White House said the figure was a broad benchmark that would depend on private transactions for U.S. goods and was subject to market conditions.

China committed to start lifting tariffs and non-tariff barriers immediately, including reducing its 40 percent tariffs on autos, Kudlow said. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that China had agreed to cut import levies on American-made cars.

Americans would get a majority ownership in Chinese companies for the first time, Kudlow added.

China has not confirmed any of the details Mnuchin and Kudlow gave.

However, the state-owned Securities Daily said on Tuesday the is discussing the possibility of reducing the tariffs on imported cars from the United States, but the specific extent and timetable for the reduction of tariffs is not yet known.

(Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 10:12 IST
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