As Trump zeros in on China imports, Beijing launches own trade probe


Wang Hejun of China's Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement that there is preliminary evidence that the USA government has "provided subsidies to sorghum".

As per records, last year, the USA had shipped 4.8 million tons of Sorghum estimated at United States dollars 1 billion to China, while soybean imports were valued at almost USD 14 billion.

Like the USA aluminium probe, China's commerce ministry investigation into sorghum was self-initiated.

The US is the world's top exporter of the grain and China's largest supplier by far, with imports from the US reaching 4.76 million tonnes in 2017, out of just over 5 million tonnes in total.

Business chiefs had suggested Beijing might target U.S. agriculture exports if it wants to retaliate in the event the Trump administration takes more severe action on trade.

Eagles superfan Bradley Cooper narrated the most intense Super Bowl hype video
The die-hard fan then asked if she could attend the game, but Henry-Parks claimed that they can't afford to accommodate the trip. Her own devotion to the team was clear in a video made by her mother after Haley's wisdom teeth were removed.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said China should conduct the investigation openly and transparently. The Chinese government also claims that China had purchased over 50% of sorghum from the USA post 2013.

"They believe that if they ratchet up the heat in key red states where there's a large agricultural community that's voted for Donald Trump that it will somehow change the situation", said Paul Burke, Asia director at U.S. Soybean Export Council. Ministers could raise import duties or take other steps if it finds the United States acted improperly.

US-Chinese trade relations are "mutually beneficial", Mr Geng insisted. Trump has also been considering new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Reports have confirmed that it was the first such anti-subsidy & anti-dumping probe by the U.S against any country since the last many years.

"We're watching the situation very closely", he told Reuters on Monday.