China to Consider U.S. Request to Shift Tariffs on Farm Goods


††† Trump looking to sell deal as win for farmers: people

††† China may purchase more agriculture goods in deal: people


Jenny Leonard and Steven Yang, Bloomberg†

April 15, 2019


China is considering a U.S. request to shift some tariffs on key agricultural goods to other products so the Trump administration can sell any eventual trade deal as a win for farmers ahead of the 2020 election, people familiar with the situation said.


The step would involve China moving retaliatory duties it imposed starting last July on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods to non-agricultural imports, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. The shift is because the U.S. doesnít intend to lift its own duties on $50 billion of Chinese imports even if an agreement to resolve the trade war between the two nations is reached, one the people said.


Another person said China would consider shifting the tariffs to make it easier to meet a proposal to buy an additional $30 billion a year more of U.S. agricultural goods on top of pre-trade war levels as part of a final deal. Last July, China had levied punitive tariffs on American goods including soy, corn, wheat, cotton, rice, beef, pork and poultry in response to U.S. duties.


A spokesperson for the U.S. Trade Representative didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. Chinaís Commerce Ministry didnít respond to faxed questions.


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