December 4, 2018

Ag trade remains key for US negotiators ahead of Trump-Xi meeting

It’s been months since high-level U.S. negotiators sat across the table from their Chinese counterparts to work out a deal to end trade hostilities. Agriculture trade issues were key back then, and they remain integral to any success as President Donald Trump prepares to sit down for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit, administration officials tell Agri-Pulse.

The list is long, but each issue offers significant benefits for the U.S. ag sector, which has become increasingly dependent on supplying the growing demand from China for grains, oilseeds, dairy, fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.

Trump says he will go into the meeting ready to make a deal, but at the same time he’s warning that he’s ready to hit China with even more tariffs. The consequences of either outcome will be major for U.S. producers and exporters of everything from soybeans to oranges.  Read more

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