Next year, China will reduce tariffs on hundreds of products ranging from frozen pork to high-tech components, reducing trade barriers to support the economy.
Chinese authorities said in a statement that import tariffs would be reduced from 1 January on 859 items.
Usually, the second largest economy in the world has used high tariffs to protect local industries.
China is fighting a long-running trade war with the United States and is facing a number of domestic challenges.
The finance ministry said the tariff changes would be made to “increase imports for everyday consumption of products facing a relative domestic shortage, or foreign specialty goods.”
That includes tariff rates on frozen pork-to be reduced from 12% for some countries to 8%-as China is struggling to cope with an African swine fever outbreak.
Nearly half of the country’s pigs were wiped out by the deadly disease and a heavy blow to the pork industry.
Beijing struggles to fill a huge supply gap in the prices of popular meat and rein.
Other imports that will see a decrease in tariff rates include frozen avocado and some goods from wood and paper.
China will also eliminate tariffs on certain medications for asthma and diabetes, as well as on certain semiconductors.
Most of its trading partners, including New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Pakistan, would benefit from lower tariffs.
Authorities will reduce the tariffs by implementing temporary import tariffs lower than the standard tariffs on their targeted products list. Last year, the country made a similar move.
Although not directly related to its trade war with the US, the tariff strengthens China’s claim that it is pushing its economy to open up.
Beijing and Washington reached a preliminary agreement on their long-running trade dispute earlier this month.
To exchange for more Chinese purchases of American agricultural products, the US agreed to cut some tariffs.
The country is also struggling with a wider economic slowdown with growth declining in about three decades at its slowest pace.


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