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December 05, 2018 | Bloomberg
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China is Preparing to Buy U.S. LNG, Soybeans Again

Officials told to take necessary steps to restart purchases

China is Preparing to Buy U.S. LNG, Soybeans Again

Chinese officials have begun preparing to restart imports of U.S. soybeans and liquefied natural gas, the first sign confirming the claims of President Donald Trump and the White House that China had agreed to start buying some U.S. products "immediately."

Bloomberg reports Chinese officials have been told to take necessary steps for the purchases, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussions. It wasn’t clear whether the preparations meant China would cut the retaliatory tariffs it imposed on those products, or when the purchases would happen. It is possible that Beijing could reimburse buyers for the tariffs they pay, as they have done for purchases for the state soybean reserve.

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