US President Donald Trump speaks at an event on kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg

Donald Trump accuses China of ‘letting us down’ by not keeping G20 promise to buy US farm goods

  • US president says Beijing had agreed to buy more agricultural products as part of trade war ceasefire
  • But data released by US Department of Agriculture shows China actually slowed purchases of American agriculture products following meeting with Xi Jinping
Topic |   Donald Trump

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US President Donald Trump speaks at an event on kidney health at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: Bloomberg
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Zhong Shan joined Vice-Premier Liu He’s phone conversation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing plays down Commerce Minister Zhong Shan’s inclusion in latest US-China trade war talks

  • He did not directly participate in first 11 rounds of trade negotiations, but took part in a phone call alongside top negotiator Liu He this week
  • Some see his inclusion as a step to toughen China’s negotiating position as he is viewed by many as a hardliner who always toes the party line
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Zhong Shan joined Vice-Premier Liu He’s phone conversation with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (right) and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters
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