US President Donald Trump watches as China's Vice Premier Liu He (L) speaks with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on Friday. Photo: AFP

Washington is delaying a plan to increase tariffs on more than $200 billion in Chinese exports after “substantial progress” was made in trade negotiations, US President Donald Trump said Sunday.

“I am pleased to report that the U.S. has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

“As a result of these very productive talks, I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!”

– with reporting by Agence France-Presse

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