China to step up US agriculture purchases under phase one trade war deal after Hawaii talks, sources say



South China Morning Post

China plans to accelerate purchases of American farm goods to comply with the phase one trade deal with the United States following talks in Hawaii this week.

The world’s top soybean importer intends to step up buying of everything from soybeans to corn and ethanol after purchases fell behind due to coronavirus disruptions, said two people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named because the information is private.

A separate person said the Chinese government has asked state-owned agricultural buyers to make all efforts to meet the phase one agreement. China’s Ministry of Commerce did not respond to a fax seeking comment.

The plan offers respite to markets concerned about trade disruptions after the countries exchanged blows over everything from the origins of the coronavirus to new security legislation in Hong Kong.
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