China ‘fully expected’ to meet trade deal terms despite Covid-19 outbreak, top US officials say

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Source : SCMP

China is taking numerous steps to meet the agricultural commitments made in the phase one trade deal with the United States, according to a statement signed by two top US officials.

The note from US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, released on Tuesday in Washington, comes amid rising questions about whether the rampant economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak will sharply reduce China’s ability to stick to the terms of the deal.

Without mentioning the virus, which has infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 2,700 people worldwide, Perdue said that he was “encouraged by progress made last week” in meeting the agriculture purchase commitments in the deal and that “we fully expect compliance with all elements of the deal”.

The measures taken by China to meet the terms of the deal include a loosening of import restrictions on American potatoes and pet food products, an end to a ban on US poultry products, and a broadening in the lists of facilities from which the US may export animal proteins, pet food, dairy and infant formula to China, according to the letter.

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