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China and the US are in close communication over the signing of their Phase 1 trade deal, China’s commerce ministry says, which will see lower US tariffs on Chinese goods and more purchases of US farm, energy and manufactured goods.

US officials say China agreed to increase purchases of US products and services by at least $US200 billion over the next two years.

China has made no mention of hard targets but has said it will import more US wheat, rice, corn, energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Both the Chinese and US trade teams are in close contact, Gao Feng, spokesman at the Chinese commerce ministry, told reporters at a regular briefing on Thursday, adding there was no specific information concerning the deal to disclose currently.