China's purchases of US farm goods at 71per cent of target under trade deal: US
China has substantially increased purchases of U.S. farm goods and implemented 50 of 57 technical commitments aimed at lowering structural ...
BusinessChina has substantially increased purchases of U.S. farm goods and implemented 50 of 57 technical commitments aimed at lowering structural barriers to U.S. imports since the two nations signed a trade deal in January, the U.S. government said on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Corn pictured on a farm in Roachdale, Indiana, U.S. October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File Photo24 Oct 2020 06:05AMShare this contentBookmarkWASHINGTON: China has substantially increased purchases of U.S. farm goods and implemented 50 of 57 technical commitments aimed at lowering structural barriers to U.S. imports since the two nations signed a trade deal in January, the U.S. government said on Friday.
In a joint statement, the U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said China had bought over US$23 billion in U.S. agricultural goods to date, or about 71per cent of the target set under the so-called Phase 1 deal. headtopics.com
AdvertisementAdvertisement"Since the Agreement entered into force eight months ago, we have seen remarkable improvements in our agricultural trade relationship with China, which will benefit our farmers and ranchers for years to come," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
The deal defused a bitter trade war between the world's two largest economies, but disputes over human rights, the COVID-19 crisis and technology have strained ties between Washington and Beijing, raising doubts about the prospects for deepening the agreement in a second phase.
Agriculture is one of the four areas where China pledged to increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services. Many experts question whether China will meet its overall targets this year given lockdowns imposed earlier this year to contain the virus.The report showed outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China were at an all-time high of 8.7 million tons, while U.S. soybeans sales for marketing year 2021 to China were at double the levels seen in 2017.
AdvertisementAdvertisementU.S. exports of sorghum to China from January to August 2020 totaled US$617 million, up from US$561 million for the same period in 2017, it said.U.S. pork exports to China hit an all-time record in just the first five months of 2020, and U.S. beef and beef products exports to China through August 2020 are already more than triple the total for 2017, it said. headtopics.com
In addition to these products, USDA expects 2020 sales to China to hit record or near-record levels for other U.S. agricultural products including pet food, alfalfa hay, pecans, peanuts, and prepared foods.(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; editing by Grant McCool)Read more: CNA »
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