A worker inspects soybeans near the town of Campos Lindos, Brazil, in February 2018. There are signs China is replacing US soybeans with Brazilian supplies. Photo: Reuters

China puts US soy buying on hold as tariff war escalates

  • US agriculture secretary said in February that China had pledged to buy an additional 10 million tonnes of American soy; orders have since stopped
  • Previous purchases of US soybeans will not be cancelled, however
Topic |   US-China trade war

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A worker inspects soybeans near the town of Campos Lindos, Brazil, in February 2018. There are signs China is replacing US soybeans with Brazilian supplies. Photo: Reuters
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Illustration: Kaliz Lee

Why China’s dependence on farm subsidies is an obstacle to a trade war deal with the US

  • Prospects for Washington and Beijing reaching a deal to end their months-long trade war have dwindled as tit-for-tat tariffs have returned
  • But the stumbling blocks go beyond import duties, and China may not be prepared to cross its ‘red lines’
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Illustration: Kaliz Lee
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