Trump says China will be buying for ‘large quantities’ of US agricultural merchandise

 

 

 

U.S President Donald Trump said China will begin buying U.S. farm goods “in large quantities.” Trump said  he preferred a complete trade deal with China however didn’t rule out the possibility of an interim pact, at the same time as he mentioned an “straightforward” settlement would not be possible.

“I’d rather get the whole deal done,” Trump to on the floor of  White House. “I see a lot of analysts are saying an interim deal, which means we’ll do pieces of it, the easy ones first. However there’s no straightforward or hard. There’s a deal or there’s not a deal. But it’s something we would consider, I guess.”

His comments came after his decision to delay increasing tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 as a “gesture of good will” to China.

 The world’s two largest economies prepare for new rounds of talks aimed at curbing a more-than-year-long trade war that has hurt global economic growth and rattled financial markets.

The two sides have been making conciliatory gestures ahead of the talks, lowering the temperature between them and cheering investors.

 

 

China’s Ministry of Commerce said that Chinese companies have began making inquires about costs of American agricultural merchandise together with soybeans and pork. The country halted the purchases in August when Trump abruptly ended the trade cease-fire. China’s agriculture buying has been a sticking point in the trade battle as Trump has repeatedly accused China of not following through on its promises.

“Now because it pertains to agriculture, we expect and we want them to buy agriculture; We view that as a personal attack on our farmers,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said “They need our agriculture. … This isn’t about just selling them soybeans, but we do want to sell them soybeans,” he said.

 

 

 

Chinese importers bought a total of 600,000 tonnes of soybeans from U.S. Pacific Northwest export terminals from October to December , citing two traders with knowledge of the deals.

The two countries agreed to ful fill in early October   in Washington and hold deputy-level discussions leading up to the meeting to lay the groundwork for a potential deal. Some insiders and observers expect that this round of negotiation can result in a break through.

China’s vice premier, Liu He, the country’s top trade negotiator that the deputy-level talks will encompass points including trade balance, market access and investor protection.

Mnuchin said that Trump could do a China trade pact at any time, but needs a “good” deal  for U.S. employees.

China renewed purchases of U.S. farm goods, which the United States welcomed, and Trump delayed a tariff increase on certain Chinese goods by two weeks in honor,  said, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Washington is pressing China to end practices it considers unfair, including intellectual property theft, industrial subsidies, currency manipulation, and forced technology transfer from U.S. companies to Chinese counterparts.

Trump has made clear he needs such elements to be a part of a deal and has demonstrated his resolve through tariff increases, even when they dented gains in the stock market.

Meeting U.S. demands would require structural change in China, which up to now it has been unwilling to make. The two sides came close to a deal in May, but Chinese officials balked at requirements that Chinese laws  will be altered as part of the deal.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The trade war is affecting the global economy. The International Monetary Fund forecast that U.S. and Chinese tit-for-tat tariffs might scale back global GDP in 2020 by 0.8% and trigger more losses afterward.

Still, global stocks rose on Thursday after the conciliatory gestures from either side.

China importers bought at least 10 cargoes, or 600,000 tonnes, of U.S. soybeans for October-December shipment, the country’s most significant purchases since at least June, U.S. traders with direct knowledge of the deals.

That came after Trump  introduced his delay in the increase in tariffs on some Chinese goods by two weeks and China exempted some U.S. drugs and other goods from tariffs.

 

 

 

While welcoming China’s overtures, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sought to temper optimism in markets that the gestures may result in a trade deal. He told  that Trump was ready to maintain and even increase tariffs on Chinese imports and that Beijing had requested for more concessions beyond the elimination of tariffs.

“The next month is vital,”   “We’re hopeful we’ll make progress. If we will get the proper deal, we’ll do a deal.”Mnuchin said

NO CHANGE ‘ON THE FUNDAMENTALS’

The Wall Street Journal reported that China was seeking to narrow the scope of negotiations to trade matters by excluding national security issues. National safety issues haven’t, however, been a key matter within the trade talks up to now.

The soybean purchases sent benchmark costs of the commodity, of which China is the highest purchaser. They have been the biggest by non-public Chinese importers since Beijing raised import tariffs on the U.S. oil seed by 25% in July 2018 in retaliation for U.S. duties on Chinese goods. Duties have been raised a further 5% this month.

U.S. farmers, a core component of Trump’s political base, have been among the hardest hit by the tariff battle that started more than a year ago and has escalated in latest weeks.

China has purchased U.S. pork regardless of tariffs of 62% in place since last year because huge numbers of pigs have been culled across the country as Beijing struggles to contain an outbreak of African swine fever. The world’s biggest pork consumer has hiked imports to make up the shortfall.

William Reinsch, a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official said,  “Both sides are trying to find a way out of the box,” he said. “Short term, that’s good. But I don’t think anything’s changed on the fundamentals, and once they get back to the table, they’ll discover that.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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