Gregg Doud, chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative, is very excited about continued strong corn and soybean sales. | Reuters/Bryan Woolston photo

U.S. ag negotiator convinced China on board

The official who negotiated the Phase 1 trade deal calls Chinese compliance with the agreement’s targets a ‘no-brainer’

There is still plenty of skepticism about China meeting its Phase 1 commitments in 2020, but not for the man who negotiated the trade deal. The pact calls for an increase in China’s annual agricultural imports to US$40 billion in 2020 and 2021, up from the previous high of $24 billion in 2017. That 2020 […] Read more

Australia’s recent troubles with China appeared to begin with a call for an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins, but those inside the Australian government says worries have been building for some time over what’s perceived to be China’s threat to Australia’s democracy and national sovereignty.  | Reuters/Jason Lee photo

How to stand up to a superpower

Canada is not alone as it feels China’s wrath, but Australia is facing down the Asian giant in a high-stakes strategy

CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Australia is standing up to China. Watch closely: it may be a harbinger of things to come, as the world’s smaller countries respond to the increasingly coercive Asian economic superpower. For years, the Australian political and business establishment had a paramount goal: protect and expand this country’s booming exports to fast-growing […] Read more

Don’t expect too much, no matter what happens with Meng

Whatever happens Wednesday, China will not be a market we can count on again

Tomorrow (Wednesday) a B.C. Supreme Court judge will release the ruling on whether or not to uphold the validity of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest and detention on a U.S. extradition request. A lot of people are hoping Meng gets released, goes back to China, that China calms down, the two Michaels are released and […] Read more

In a joint statement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative listed a number of steps taken that should help boost U.S. exports of beef, poultry and other farm products to China, and said U.S. food and agricultural products exports were benefiting from Chinese tariff relief.|  REUTERS/Aly Song photo

Disputes with China accelerated and frozen by COVID-19

Where will Canadian farmers stand in a new Cold War?

In some ways the COVID-19 crisis has frozen Canada’s and other countries’ disputes with China, drawing everybody’s attention to the immediate needs of preserving national healthcare systems, protecting people’s health, and dealing with the devastating job losses and business failures provoked by the coronavirus. Just today the U.S. government announced that over 30 million U.S. […] Read more

China recently denounced an Australian government suggestion that it might hold an inquiry into the origins and the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by threatening imports. Australia is not the only country to face these threats. | Reuters photo

China flexes economic muscles with exporters

Canadian farmers might feel hurt and alone in the abuse they are suffering from China’s belligerent government. But in being hit in the pocketbook by China, Canadian farmers are sharing a situation being experienced by a growing cohort of targeted developed world industries. “China is having disputes with an awful lot of countries simultaneously,” said […] Read more

While the announcement reciprocates the U.S. commitment under the deal, it is also seen by analysts as a move by Beijing to boost confidence amid a virus outbreak that has disrupted businesses and hit investor sentiment. | Twitter/@XHNews photo

China to halve tariffs on some U.S. imports as coronavirus risks grow

BEIJING, (Reuters) – China on last week said it would halve additional tariffs levied against 1,717 U.S. goods last year, following the signing of a Phase 1 deal that defused a bruising trade war between the world’s two largest economies. While the announcement reciprocates the U.S. commitment under the deal, it is also seen by […] Read more

The virus has cast further doubt on China's ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural goods in 2020. | File photo

U.S. ag secretary unsure if coronavirus will slow China’s farm imports

CHICAGO, (Reuters) – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday he does not know whether China’s coronavirus outbreak will upset Beijing’s pledge to radically increase purchases of American farm goods as part of the countries’ recent trade deal. The virus has cast further doubt on China’s ability to buy $36.5 billion of U.S. agricultural […] Read more

Neither side has released many specific details of the agreement, which the United States says is 86 pages. | REUTERS/Aly Song photo

What is actually in the U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ trade deal?

(Reuters) – The United States and China have agreed on the terms of a “Phase One” trade deal that reduces some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and is said to boost Chinese purchases of American farm, energy and manufactured goods while addressing some disputes over intellectual property. Neither side has released many specific details of […] Read more