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Beijing questions US trade probe but hints at concessions

China says majority of trade surplus involves end products for foreign companies

While China tries to dissuade the U.S. from a trade probe, it is also making a show of cooperation in areas such as reducing output of aluminum, stores of which are seen here.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China is opposing a U.S. inquiry into its trade practices by downplaying the enormity of their trade imbalance, while at the same time signaling compromise on imports and metals production in an effort to avoid friction.

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