BEIJING, Sept. 12 (CGTN) -- China welcomes U.S. decision and hopes both sides are moving in the same direction to prepare for the next round of China-U.S. high-level economic and trade consultations in October, Gao Feng, spokesperson of China's Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday at a press conference.

The remarks came after U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States has agreed to delay increasing tariffs on 250 billion U.S. dollars worth of Chinese imports from October 1 to 15 "as a gesture of goodwill."

The announcement came after China on Wednesday unveiled the first set of lists of U.S. goods to be excluded from the first round of additional tariffs on U.S. products.