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China Will Expand Imports in Line With Market Conditions and WTO Rules - Commerce Ministry

© AP Photo / Andy WongWomen walk by a fashion boutique displaying its advertising banner at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Women walk by a fashion boutique displaying its advertising banner at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - Sputnik International
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The United States and China earlier agreed on the Phase One trade deal as part of a larger bilateral trade agreement designed to put an end to the ongoing trade war, which has harmed not only these two nations but also world economic growth in general.

China will expand imports based on market conditions and in accordance with the rules set by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Commerce Ministry official Li Xingqian said in a news conference on Tuesday.

Li also said that his country welcomed high-quality and competitive US products entering Chinese markets and expressed hope that Washington would help create conditions to expand exports to China.

China's purchase of US agricultural goods will not impact imports from other countries, the official added.

On 15 January, US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He signed Phase One of a trade agreement between the two nations that envisages the settlement of a range of disputed issues, from crude oil to patent term extension.

Trump administration officials lauded the plan as one covering tariff relief, stipulating increased agricultural purchases, and introducing a number of structural changes to intellectual property and technology issues.

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