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China Thinks Trump Needs To Lift Tariffs If He Wants Xi To Make ‘Patriot Farmers’ Solvent Again

"Massive" farm purchases are contingent, apparently.

On Tuesday there was still more evidence to support the conclusion that Donald Trump’s “Phase One” trade “deal” with China is no “deal” at all.

The agreement, touted late last week in a predictably silly Oval Office photo op with Vice Premier Liu He, was so short on specifics that analysts appeared to struggle over the weekend to put together coherent summaries. Goldman, for example, called it “fairly straightforward in certain aspects” – an apparent euphemism for “clear as mud”.

On Monday, amid reports that China was seeking a fresh round of talks by the end of the month in order to iron out the myriad “wrinkles”, Global Times editor Hu Xijin attempted to shore up sentiment around the nebulous truce:

That tweet came hours after a similarly upbeat assessment.

Well, as it turns out, the “massive quantities” of farm purchases that Trump has spent the last several days shouting about may be contingent on the US lifting tariffs.

“Chinese officials are willing to start purchasing more US agricultural products as part of the ‘phase one’ trade deal, but it is not likely to reach the $40 billion to $50 billion touted by Trump under current circumstances”, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the situation.

Essentially, this is about logistics and math, two things Trump does not care much for. Beijing recently extended waivers in order for domestic buyers to purchases US farm goods, but as Bloomberg goes on to explain, “waivers are seen as being impractical for volumes as large as $50 billion a year”.

According to the same sources, Beijing is looking at buying all kinds of things, including, but not limited to: soybeans, cereals, cotton, ethanol, fertilizer, juice, coffee and meat.

And yet, getting to Trump’s $40-50 billion number may require further tariff relief from the White House, something the president (and certainty his trade hawks) have been reluctant to grant.

In any event, this is just more evidence to support the contention that what markets got last week was a farm-to-table serving of nothing.

Read more:

China Wary Of ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, Beijing Seeks More Talks ASAP

Steve Mnuchin Accidentally Confirms ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal Isn’t Worth The Paper It’s Not Written On

3 comments on “China Thinks Trump Needs To Lift Tariffs If He Wants Xi To Make ‘Patriot Farmers’ Solvent Again

  1. You mean, fake news?

  2. Sorry folks but this whole pseudo agreement last week was a premeditated attempt to manufacture an equity rally….We are now going to walk all this back to manufacture another equity rally before the Holidays…Wonder what they will do for Halloween????

  3. China’s approach reminds me of the later Muhammad Ali “rope a dope” fights – he let the opponent punch himself out then came out of his defensive position to score the KO.

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