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Trade war

China faces tough task in pledge to boost US imports

Aging population squeezes demand for additional American products

Soybeans are harvested in the U.S. state of Indiana: China would boost agricultural imports by over 50% under its partial trade deal with Washington.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Despite Chinese and American negotiators reaching a partial deal toward ending their tit-for-tat trade war, questions remain as to whether Beijing realistically can meet the aggressive terms, which include essentially doubling its imports from the U.S. in two years.

The deal described Friday would lift Chinese purchases of American agricultural products to $40 billion, up from $24 billion in 2017, and expand total imports by $200 billion over the two-year period, according to top U.S. officials.

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