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US, China put brakes on their trade dispute with ceasefire

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 2, 2018 9:17 AM
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President Donald Trump, right, China's President Xi Jinping, left, and members of their delegations during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The United States and China have reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth.

The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting Saturday between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires.

Trump agreed to hold off on plans to raise tariffs Jan. 1 on $200 billion in Chinese goods.

The White House said the Chinese agreed to buy a "not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial and other products from the United States to reduce America's huge trade deficit with China.

The truce buys time for the two countries to work out their differences in a dispute over Beijing's aggressive drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.

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