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‘I Suggest Farmers … Immediately Buy More Land’: Trump, China Reach ‘Phase One’ Of Trade Agreement

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President Donald Trump said and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He reached “phase one” of a U.S.-China trade deal after Friday talks between trade officials from both countries.

The deal comes after nearly two years of a tense trade war involving back-and-forth tariffs, blacklists and threats to and from both countries as the administration attempts to hold China accountable for its unfair trade tactics.

The president told reporters in the Oval Office after the Friday meeting with Liu that the two countries came to a “very substantial phase one deal” that will address concerns regarding intellectual property theft and financial services. He added that China also agreed to buy “$40 to $50 billion worth of agricultural products.”

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“I suggest farmers have to go and immediately buy more land and get bigger tractors. They will be available at John Deere and a lot of other great distributors,” the president said, adding, “Phase two will start almost immediately” after phase one is signed.

Trump concluded by saying he has “great respect for China” and offered congratulations for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic.

A translator for Liu said the Chinese are “happy” about the trade deal and will “continue to make efforts.”

“We very much agree that to get to the China-U.S. economic relationship right, it’s something that is good for China, for the United States and for the whole world. And we are making a lot of progress toward a positive direction. … We are happy about it. We’ll continue to make efforts,” the translator said on behalf of Liu.

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The president tweeted about the deal earlier Friday morning, writing, “Good things are happening at China Trade Talk Meeting. Warmer feelings than in recent past, more like the Old Days. I will be meeting with the Vice Premier today. All would like to see something significant happen!”

“One of the great things about the China Deal is the fact that, for various reasons, we do not have to go through the very long and politically complex Congressional Approval Process. When the deal is fully negotiated, I sign it myself on behalf of our Country. Fast and Clean,” he added.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by about 400 points Friday in anticipation of a positive trade agreement.

The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday added 28 Chinese firms to a trade blacklist for being implicated in the abuse of Muslim minorities in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region ahead of Friday’s meeting.

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2 comments

  1. China is a communist nation. Everything is owned/controlled by the government there and they have zero respect for the people of that nation. Americans should stop buying products that contain Chinese ingredients and all Chinese manufactured products, which are cheap but often toxic when coming into contact with our stomachs or skin…through and through, China has zero quality control or standards and anything you consume or use from China can be detrimental to your life and those of your family. Is it worth “cheap?” I think not. Better to do without something than to expose yourself, family and friends to inferior, potentially dangerous, products.

  2. The Chinese MUST get any deal all because of one thing- pigs. Millions of pigs have died of disease or been slaughtered to slow it down but it has reached 26 of China’s provinces and even Viet Nam and Korea. China needs our pork. Now that the pigs are dying off, what other excrement will the Chinese feed their shrimp?

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