Trump says China to buy more US farm products, offers no details

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) is seen as he and a US delegation for trade talks with China arrive at a hotel in Beijing May 3, 2018. — Reuters pic
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (right) is seen as he and a US delegation for trade talks with arrive at a in Beijing May 3, 2018. — Reuters pic

WASHINGTON, May 21 — US President Donald Trump today said China had pledged to buy “massive amounts” of American agricultural products but gave no other details about planned commitments from Beijing following US-China trade talks last week.

“Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!” Trump wrote in a series of posts on Twitter that came a day after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said a trade war between the world’s largest was “on hold.”

“China has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products – would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!” Trump wrote. “On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time,” he added.

Trump offered no specifics about what steps US and officials had agreed to after talks on Thursday and Friday in Washington. The negotiations followed earlier meetings in Beijing aimed at diffusing the trade spat spurred by the Trump administration’s threat to slap tariffs on goods, and a counterproposal by China to levy US products.



Over the weekend, Beijing and Washington pledged to keep talking about how China could import more energy and agricultural commodities from the United States to narrow the US$335 billion (RM1.3 trillion) annual US goods and services trade deficit with China. — Reuters

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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