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Beijing and Washington have made “substantial progress” towards a partial trade deal, China’s top trade negotiator said Saturday, in his first comments since talks with U.S .President Donald Trump last week.

WION reported that Trump announced a partial deal after meetings in Washington with the Chinese trade delegation led by Liu He, which ended on Oct. 11. It included promises to increase purchases of U.S. farm products and protections for intellectual property but lacked specific details.

“China and the U.S. have made substantial progress in many aspects, and laid an important foundation for a phase one agreement,” the Vice Premier said at a virtual reality conference in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, on Saturday.

In his first public comments about the Washington talks, Liu said an important foundation for the signing of a phased deal had been worked out.

China is “willing to work together with the U.S. to address each other’s core concerns on the basis of equality and mutual respect,” Liu said, according to a report on Taoran notes, a social media account run by the official Economic Daily.

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