Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, said that he had requested China to remove all the tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural products immediately since the trade negotiations were progressing well.
Last Friday, he also delayed his plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on goods from Chinese, as previously scheduled.
On Twitter, Trump stated: “I have asked China to immediately remove all Tariffs on our agricultural products (including beef, pork, etc.) based on the fact that we are moving along nicely with Trade discussions.” He pointed out that he had not increased the tariffs on Chinese goods to 25 percent from 10 percent on the 1st of March as planned.
He added: “This is very important for our great farmers – and me!”
Farmers are considered as a significant constituency for the Republican Party of Trump, and the trade war of the U.S. president with China has had a massive impact on them. Last year, China imposed tariffs on imports of pork, grain sorghum, soybeans, and other items, reducing shipments of American farm products to China.
This week, Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, said that U.S. trade negotiators had requested China to reduce the tariffs on U.S. ethanol, however, it was not clear whether Beijing was willing to oblige.
The post of Trump on Twitter came several hours after the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said that it would delay the scheduled increase in tariffs on $200 billion (151 billion pounds) worth of goods from China.
The notice was scheduled to be published in the Federal Register next Tuesday. It says that it is “no longer appropriate” to increase the rates because of the progress in negotiations since December 2018. It says that he tariff would continued to be “at 10 percent until further notice.”
In a statement that was released today, China said that it welcomed the delay.
In a speech at a separate briefing in Beijing, an official of the Chinese government said that both countries were working on the next steps, even though he did not disclose any details.
A spokesperson for the high profile but largely ceremonial advisory body, Guo Weimin, said to China’s parliament: “China and the United States reaching a mutually-beneficial, win-win agreement as soon as possible is not only good for the two countries but is also good news for the world economy.”
A tariff increase to 25 percent from 10 percent was initially scheduled for the 1st of January, however, after productive discussions with Xi Jinping, the President of China, the Trump administration issued a 90-day extension of that deadline.