Chinese officials to visit US farmland as trade talks continue, says US agriculture chief

An August 2019 photo shows US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaking to reporters in Illinois.
An August 2019 photo shows US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaking to reporters in Illinois.PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A Chinese delegation will visit American farm regions with US officials next week in an effort to build goodwill amid ongoing trade negotiations, US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on Thursday (Sept 19).

"They want to see the production of agriculture. I think they want to build goodwill," Perdue said, adding that it was unclear where specifically they would visit.

CNBC reported earlier on Thursday that the delegation, led by Vice-Minister for Agriculture Qu Dongyu, would meet with agricultural producers and was planning visits to Bozeman, Montana and Omaha, Nebraska.

US and Chinese negotiators were meeting on Thursday for their first trade talks in nearly two months, as the United States and China seek an end to a trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs.

The discussions are expected to focus heavily on agriculture.

The tensions in the world's largest economies have upended supply chains worldwide and curbed global economic growth.

But last week, in an indication that the dispute may be softening, US President Donald Trump delayed a planned hike on tariffs on some Chinese goods, while China postponed tariffs on US cancer drugs, lubricants and animal feed ingredients.