China asked state buyers to halt US agriculture imports

China has asked its state-owned companies to suspend imports of US agricultural goods, say anonymous sources close to the matter. This development comes after US President Donald Trump Thursday proposed to increase tariffs on imports from China again.

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The Chinese government has asked its state-owned enterprises to suspend imports of US agricultural products after President Donald Trump ratcheted up trade tensions with the Asian nation last week, people familiar with the situation said.

China's state-run agricultural firms have now stopped buying American farm goods, and are waiting to see how trade talks progress, the people said, declining to be identified as they're not authorized to speak to the media. China's commerce ministry didn't respond to a fax seeking comment.

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