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USTR to suspend China tariff hike "for further notice"



US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "US-China Trade" on Capitol Hill in Washington USA February 27, 201

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Trade Representative's Office said on Wednesday it would move to formally suspend a scheduled tariff increase on Chinese goods "for further notice" following President Donald Trump's decision to delay the Friday deadline for the US-China trade negotiations through progress in their talks.

The statement was issued following the American trade representative Robert Lighthizer's testimony to the US House Ways and Means Committee, where he said the USTR followed a legal process to carry out the delay.

"In accordance with the president's direction, the Office of the United States Trade Representative will publish a notice in the Federal Register this week to suspend the scheduled tariff increase for further notice," USTR said in a posted statement.

Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Peter Cooney

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