China Says It's Already Bought Large Amounts Of U.S. Pork, Sorghum

A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry told reporters Chinese companies have already purchased thousands of tons of U.S. agricultural products.
Posted at 12:57 PM, Oct 15, 2019

Just days after the U.S. and China agreed on the outlines of a partial trade deal, Beijing says it's already purchased thousands of tonnes of American agricultural products.

A spokesperson for China's foreign ministry told reporters that this year, Chinese companies have bought 700,000 tonnes of pork and another 700,000 tonnes of sorghum from the U.S. to meet market demand. They've also purchased 20 million tonnes of soybeans, 230,000 tonnes of wheat and 320,000 tonnes of cotton.

On Twitter Sunday, President Donald Trump said China had started buying large quantities of agricultural products from the U.S. as part of the tentative trade deal. But he didn't provide any details about the purchases.

The trade war between the U.S. and China has been going on for more than a year now, with back and forth tariffs hurting both nations' economies. President Trump said he could sign a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in November.