August 27, 2019 | From Fox News
A deal is all but sealed with Japan.
Trump said the prime minister agreed to purchase some of U.S. farmers’ corn, blaming China for the excess product on farmers’ hands. He expects the billion-dollar deal to be sealed by the time the U.N. General Assembly meets in mid-September.
“This is a tremendous deal for the United States, really a tremendous deal for our farmers and agriculture,” along with e-commerce, per the president.
Abe called the deal a “win-win,” describing the talks through a translator as a “series of intensive negotiations.”
“We still have some remaining work that has to be done at the working level, to finalize the wording and content in the deal,” he explained.
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The Japanese prime minister noted their country was experiencing an insect problem on certain agricultural products, and that the private sector would be purchasing U.S. corn products to offset the issue. He said an emergency may need to be declared to accelerate the buy.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer broke down the agreement into three parts:
- Reduction of industrial tariffs
- Digital trade
“From our point of view it is extremely important for our farmers and ranchers and those who work in the digital space,” he said, noting Japan is “our third largest advocate to market.” Already the island imports $14 billion in agricultural products, and Lighthizer said the agreement would open up $7 billion more….
(Excerpt from Fox News.)