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China and U.S. Reach Phase One Trade Deal Agreement

China and U.S. Reach Phase One Trade Deal Agreement

CHINA & U.S. - China and the United States have been going back and forth on plans for trade deals and tariffs between their economies. Following threats from China and several appeals made by U.S. companies to the Trump administration, the two announced this morning that they have entered phase one of a monumental deal. Details of this deal are currently few and far between, but signs point to a promising turn of fate for those operating between China and the U.S.

According to CNBC, the two countries have reached a trade deal that is expected to provide relief on tariffs as well as increased opportunities for agricultural purchases. Additionally, rumored structural changes will include intellectual properties as well as technological challenges. While not many details were disclosed, Chinese officials briefed reporters and the U.S. President touted the agreement as an “amazing deal.”

Tom Nassif, President and CEO, Western Growers“President Trump is following through on his promise to rebalance the relationship between the U.S. and many of our global trading partners. In the wake of the early harvest trade deal with Japan and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the phase one trade deal with China represents another encouraging step forward in the effort to level the playing field for American farmers in this important market,” Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif said in a recent statement. “We are excited to hear from the Administration that the deal is to include not only substantial increases in agricultural purchases by China and a return to normal, but also commitments to address China’s non-tariff barriers. Non-scientifically based sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards have been used too often to deny access of American product to the Chinese market, and we’ve long urged that this problem be resolved. We look forward to reviewing additional details of the phase one deal and working with the Administration to ensure the deal delivers wins for our fruit, vegetable and tree nut growers.”

While Nassif said that many farmers understand short-term pain must sometimes be endured to achieve long-term gains, no amount of government aid can make up for lost market shares or displacement by competing suppliers. For this, the Western Growers Association urged the Administration to quickly finalize and implement this deal, “bringing us one step closer to restoring market access and getting back to normal for American fruit vegetable and tree nut producers.”

From what is currently available, we understand that the U.S. will relieve tariffs placed on Chinese goods in phases, which the news source stated was a priority for Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen of Beijing. Shortly afterward, the Trump administration stated that the next round of tariffs will be canceled by Sunday.

Pictured: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (Photo Credit: Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Further details include the U.S. plans to leave 25 percent tariffs on $250 billion imports, while cutting duties on $120 billion worth of products to 7.5 percent. The news source stated that China is also considering a cancellation of Sunday’s tariffs.

Beijing’s Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Han Jun, said that agricultural purchases are also expected to increase significantly. As part of the deal, the U.S. President insisted on the Chinese purchase of American crops, according to tweets. Furthermore, both countries plan to make adjustments to intellectual properties, technology transfers, and financial services, according to CNBC.

Although the trade deal has yet to follow through with legal procedures in Washington and Beijing, the two are building out a timeline for finalization. To see how the U.S./China trade deal ultimately plays out, check back in with us at AndNowUKnow.