Chinese retail negotiators suddenly changed their plans Friday and turned down a visit to meet US farmers in Montana after ending the Washington talks this week.
The Chinese delegation has changed its itinerary and is returning China earlier than planned, according to Nicole Rolf, National Affairs Director of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. There is no explanation why they would break their journey, Rolf said.
Agriculture Minister Sonny Perdue just yesterday confirmed that the meetings were an opportunity for China to build goodwill with American farmers.
The Chinese delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Han Jun, had scheduled follow-up visits to Bozeman, Montana, and Omaha, Nebraska, CNBC, previously reported.
The refusal dampened the hope that China would resume buying US agricultural goods, which it had suspended in April in retaliation against President Donald Trump's tariffs.
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Tensions between the US and China had eased off trade talks at a low level this week, as Trump granted Chinese exemptions to many Chinese products. China also said it would provide US agricultural products and other 16 kinds of US goods with additional duties to free.
Trump also decided to postpone the $ 250 billion increase in customs duties on Chinese goods from October 1 to October 15 as a "gesture of good will" to China Companies had inquired about the prices of US agricultural products.