China’s purchases of agricultural products from the United States have “no direct link” to the agreement to resume face-to-face trade talks next week in Shanghai, but rather reflect commercial decisions by individual Chinese buyers, said the Ministry of Commerce, reported the South China Morning Post.
“The purchases are the companies’ own decisions, in accordance with market conditions,” said Gao Feng, the Ministry of Commerce spokesman.
Several Chinese companies have recently expressed interest in buying significant quantities of American agricultural products and have applied for exemptions from the tariffs imposed on such imports by Beijing, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Gao said China potentially has a large demand for high-quality agricultural products, and the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council will study the applications to waive duties levied on crops shipped from the US. He did not clarify what products might enjoy tariff exemptions, saying only that experts had been asked to review the requests.