China unveils lists of USA products to be excluded from additional tariffs

Saturday, 14 Sep, 2019

China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on US soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations.

China welcomed the US decision to delay increasing tariffs on Chinese goods, Liu said during a meeting with Evan Greenberg, chairman of the US-China Business Council, Xinhua said. Moreover, major US imports, such as soybeans and pork, are still subject to hefty additional duties, as China has ramped up imports from Brazil and other supplying countries.

"It is expected that China will be buying large amounts of our agricultural products!" The new tariff hikes will instead begin on October 15. "The administration needs to use upcoming negotiations to end a trade war that truly has no winners". USA equities and Asian stock futures advanced after news of the discussions. -China trade war in August when he announced an increase in levies on Chinese goods. Trump on Wednesday nevertheless called the move "a gesture" and said China "did the right thing".

USA soybean exports to China, the world's top buyer, have plummeted during the bitter bilateral dispute, with swelling supplies sending prices to near-decade lows and US farmers struggling to turn a profit.

Any further agricultural purchases are yet to be made and the volumes are still undecided, the people said.

Beijing this week renewed a promise to buy USA agricultural goods such as pork and soybeans, the most valuable US farm export.

Moody's projects that United States tariffs on Chinese goods will cost U.S. businesses and consumers $100bn next year. The cargoes would be from the Pacific Northwest.

China has imposed several rounds of duties on U.S. goods in retaliation against U.S. Section 301 tariffs, beginning previous year in July and August with a 25 per cent levy on about $50 billion of U.S. imports. "But I don't think anything's changed on the fundamentals, and once they get back to the table, they'll discover that".

Respondents reported an improving regulatory environment in China.

Still, some analysts argue the latest gestures by the U.S. and China have not brought a resolution to their trade row much closer.

Trump said he had seen analysts discussing an interim deal with China, agreeing on easier matters first and separating the harder issues later in the negotiating process. "The clock is ticking and Trump's approval ratings are sliding, with manufacturing now in recession".

The US-China talks remain stalled since early May, when the two sides appeared to be close to a deal.

China has insisted throughout the negotiations that any deal would have to see a withdrawal of US tariffs.