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Beijing offers vague promise

The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China promised Wednesday to carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington but gave no details that might help dispel confusion about what Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to in Argentina.

China has yet to confirm Trump’s claim Beijing promised to cut auto tariffs and immediately buy more American farm goods. Confusing and conflicting statements by Trump and U.S. officials, coupled with lack of Chinese confirmation, led to stock markets tumbling on Tuesday amid doubts about the chances for a final settlement of a fight over technology that threatens to chill global economic growth.

“China will start from implementing specific issues on which consensus has been reached, and the sooner, the better,” the Ministry of Commerce said on its website.

The two sides have a “clear timetable and road map” for talks, the ministry statement said, but gave no details.Speech

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