China will enhance imports from US according to ‘market principles’: official

China-US trade

BEIJING: China will negotiate with American companies and increase imports of US goods and products according to market principles, an official with its state planner said on Sunday.

The United States has high quality supply in the fields of energy, manufactured goods, agricultural products, medical care and financial services, said Meng Wei, spokesperson for China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), at a press conference on Sunday.

China will boost purchases of US goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal between the world’s two largest economies.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, who signed the trade deal with US President Donald Trump earlier this week, said the deal would not affect “third parties’ interests”, apparently in reference to deals made with other suppliers of farm goods.

Chinese companies will import US agricultural goods according to consumers’ need, and demand and supply in the market, Liu told reporters, according to CCTV.

Projects worth $195bn approved

Separately, China’s state planner said it had approved 157 fixed-asset investment projects in 2019, worth a total 1.33 trillion yuan ($195 billion).

NDRC spokeswoman Meng Wei told reporters that China’s economy has the foundations to continue to operate stably in 2020.


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