US President Donald Trump has said he may not increase tariffs on Chinese products on 1 March, as previously threatened.
The reversal comes as the two countries continue trade talks in Washington this week, after earlier discussions in China.
The US had said it would impose higher tariffs on Chinese goods if the two sides did not strike a deal by 1 March.
But Mr Trump has appeared more flexible in recent comments.
“I can’t tell you exactly about timing,” he said on Tuesday when asked how likely the US was to impose additional duties on 1 March.
“The date is not a magical date because a lot of things are happening.”