Only 16 items are exempt from extra tariffs of 25%.
"There are still many uncertainties in the coming trade talks", she said.
-China trade dispute, a source close to the matter said Tuesday. The United States is by far China's largest supplier of whey, which is an important ingredient in piglet feed and hard to source in large volumes from elsewhere. Notably, key American exports such as soybeans and meat will still be subject to duties under the new policy.
China has imposed several rounds of duties on US goods in retaliation against US Section 301 tariffs, beginning past year in July and August with a 25 per cent levy on about US$50 billion (S$69 billion) of US imports.
Other categories that will become spared include alfalfa pellets, fish feed, medical linear accelerators and mold release agents, and the commission said it was also considering further exemptions.
President Trump, who has threatened to raise those tariffs to 30%, has long held that trade wars "are easy to win" but talks with Beijing have proved more complicated than he anticipated.
So far, the United States has imposed tariffs on more than $360bn (£296bn) of Chinese goods, and China has retaliated with tariffs on more than $110bn of USA products.
The exemption will take effect on September 17 and be valid for a year through to September 16, 2020, it said.
Xi further complained to Abe that while the Trump administration has repeatedly criticized Beijing for supporting state-owned companies with subsidies, "the U.S.is also providing Boeing with subsidies", referring to the Chicago-based US airplane manufacturer.
China has released a list of 16 United States imports that will be exempted from tariffs in the ongoing trade war between the world's two largest economies.
That will be followed by highly-anticipated minister-level meetings early next month in the US capital involving Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Trump has imposed or announced penalties on about $550 billion of Chinese products, or nearly everything the United States buys from China.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and China's Center for International Economic Exchanges on September 10 started a high-level meeting to discuss leading economic and commercial policy issues in U.S.