Report: China to Broaden Financial Market Access, Beef Import

CHINA - China will broaden market access for financial sector investments and beef imports from the US, Financial Times reported on Monday citing officials from both sides familiar with the matter.
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China is prepared to raise investment ceilings in a bilateral investment treaty with the US, said the newspaper. Deals likely to be announced over the coming three months would help avert a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Discussions include increasing the stake foreign investors can hold in financial joint ventures in China and lifting a ban on US beef imports that has been in place since 2003, according to FT.

Such expectations come after a "constructive" visit made by President Xi Jinping to the US last week.

During the talks, the first face-to-face communications between President Xi and his US counterpart Donald Trump, the two presidents reached consensuses after spending a total of more than seven hours in deep discussions, according to Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The meeting "was positive and fruitful," Mr Wang said, adding that it has set a constructive tone for the development of China-US relations and helped set the direction for collective endeavors.

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