China adds US agricultural products to tariff exemptions ahead of trade talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting during the G20 Summit on June 29, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.China News Service | Getty ImagesChina plans to exclude American farm goods, including soybeans, from tariffs in the latest move to ease trade tensions before the two countries restart trade talks next month.The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Friday that China welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to delay tariffs by two weeks and said it will exempt U.S. agricultural products such as soybeans and pork from additional tariffs.These farm goods add to the 16 types of U.S. products that will be exempt from tariffs.The exemption will be valid for a year through to Sept. 16, 2020.The move came after Trump said Thursday that he would consider an interim trade deal with China, even though he would not prefer it.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. China said Thursday that domestic firms have started making inquires about prices of U.S. soybeans and pork. Chinese importers reportedly bought a total of 600,000 metric tons of soybeans from U.S. Pacific Northwest export terminals for October to December.

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