China has told state-owned firms to halt purchases of soybeans and pork from the United States, two people familiar with the matter said, after Washington said it would eliminate special treatment for Hong Kong to punish Beijing.
Large volume state purchases of U.S. cotton and corn have also been put on hold.
China could expand the order to include additional U.S. farm goods if Washington took further action, the people said.
“China has asked main state firms to suspend large scale purchases of major U.S. farm products like soybeans and pork, in response to U.S. reaction to Hong Kong”
China is ready to halt imports of more agriculture products from the United States if Washington takes more action on Hong Kong.