Trump says China broke promise to buy American farm goods

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 11, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke on the phone with their Chinese counterparts this week, marking the first high-level contact following the G-20 meeting. Talks had broken down in May over USA accusations that Beijing had reneged on its commitments, and the dispute escalated with the two sides exchanging steep increases in punitive tariffs. But US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to revive negotiations when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan on June 29.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday the United States expects China to start purchasing crops and US agricultural products soon and noted that trade talks between the two countries are ongoing. Trump also claimed Xi had agreed that China would buy large amounts of USA agricultural goods.

The American officials spoke to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and Commerce Minister Zhong Shan on Tuesday, according to an emailed statement from a US government official who declined to be identified.

Trump has imposed 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods and has pledged only to accept a deal with Beijing that includes structural reforms to the way China does business. The Chinese commerce ministry said in a brief statement that the two sides exchanged "opinions on implementing the consensus reached between the two countries' heads of state in Osaka".

Xi and Trump agreed to restart trade talks between their countries at the meeting, and the USA president said he would hold off on imposing additional tariffs on Chinese imports.

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