NEW YORK – Seven months after the United States and China signed a tentative agreement to ease their trade war, Beijing`s purchases of U.S. agricultural products have not yet met the agreement`s goal. “In an agreement signed Wednesday at the White House, China committed to import at least $12.5 billion more in agricultural products this year than in 2017, rising to $19.5 billion next year. China will also seek to buy an additional $5 billion in agricultural products per year. This could bring a total of purchases next year to the $50 billion mark. “The agreement at this late stage of the year will be difficult, but not impossible,” Peter Meyer, an analyst at S-P Global Platts, said in an email. “It seems that the U.S. administration has resigned itself to the possibility that the agreement will not be reached.” Struck by a two-year trade war, followed by a disappointing trade agreement, at least so far, and then a global pandemic, there are not many farmers or rural communities who now feel depressed. Worried farmers and business groups are pushing the United States and China to meet their commitments in the first phase of the trade agreement, even if coronavirus counters its assumptions. Washington, DC – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report highlighting progress in implementing agricultural provisions in the U-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement, which provides historic results for U.S. agriculture.
“U.S. soybean sales for the next crop are at a very high level for this season, which is encouraging,” said Meyer of S-P Global Platts. “The length of time China buys U.S. soybeans before returning to Brazilian shipments depends more on the quality of soybeans harvested than on some kind of trade agreement.” The author of the Financial Times, James Politi, reported Wednesday: “The United States and China have signed an agreement to end the trade war that has been pending on the world economy for nearly two years, while introducing tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese imports. Note the chapter 6 commitments: $12.5 billion compared to 2017 in 2020 – $19.5 billion from 2017 levels in 2021Less in previous reports, we would see $20 billion to $30 billion more each year.