(July 8): Investors cheered at the start of July, after the US and China called for another truce while trade talks resumed. There was little in terms of concrete details. US President Donald Trump agreed to hold off on his threats to impose tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion ($406.9 billion) or so of Chinese imports and also ease restrictions on Huawei Technologies. In return, China agreed to an unspecified increase in the purchase of US farm products. Talks could still stall, but the truce effectively averted a worst-case scenario, at least for now.

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