In 2017, China imported US$900 million worth of corn, with just US$200 million coming from the US. Photo: Reuters

Trade war: China’s refusal to lift grain quotas make Trump’s phase one import demands ‘more difficult’

  • China will not raise its quotas for the import of grains, according to vice agriculture and rural affairs minister Han Jun, raising the prospect of a stand-off with the US
  • Analysts suggest that while corn, rice and wheat were only likely to make up a small part of farm good purchases, the refusal to budge makes it more challenging
Topic |   US-China trade war

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In 2017, China imported US$900 million worth of corn, with just US$200 million coming from the US. Photo: Reuters
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Orange Wang

Orange Wang

Orange Wang covers the Chinese macroeconomy, and has many years of experience with China's monetary and fiscal policy moves. He also covered global market and financial news for a long time, with a particular focus on new technologies and their influences on economic growth and society. Before joining the South China Morning Post, Orange worked as a Shanghai Correspondent for ET Net, a Hong Kong financial news agency.

Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin

Zhou Xin co-leads the political economy team at the Post. He mainly covers economic stories but also writes about Chinese politics and diplomacy. He has previously worked for Reuters and Bloomberg in Beijing.

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.