China wants removal of US tariffs in first phase of trade deal: report

China wants removal of US tariffs in first phase of trade deal: report
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China is prioritizing the removal of existing U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in the first phase of the trade deal between the two countries, Reuters reported Sunday. 

Sources with direct knowledge told China’s Global Times newspaper Saturday that the U.S. needs to remove current tariffs in the agreement, not just upcoming scheduled tariffs.

The Global Times, which is published by the People’s Daily newspaper of the Communist Party, reported another source said U.S. officials did not want to get rid of tariffs because they viewed that as a “surrender” and giving up their leverage, Reuters reported. 

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The Hill reached out to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for comment.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says US has coronavirus 'totally under control' Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution MORE said Tuesday that the first phase of the U.S.-China agreement was being finalized up as the trade war between the countries stretches to more than a year. But Reuters reported last month that phase one, originally planned for the end of November, may be delayed until next year because of Chinese demands.

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