China said late last week it would immediately allow imports of barley and fresh blueberries from the United States.
That move came just days after announcing plans to impose tariffs on barley imports from Australia, as well as blocking Australian beef imports.
The South China Morning Post says opening up to more U.S. agricultural imports is a step towards meeting the nation’s Phase One trade deal commitments.
“The U.S. barley import decision is mainly due to the trade deal,” says Rosa Wang, an analyst with JCI China, an agricultural data provider. “To meet the targets, it is necessary for U.S. farm products to enter China.”
Wang says it indicates China is making an effort, but also says the Australian side of things is a “separate matter.”
Trade data shows that China is a long way from fulfilling its obligations.
However, the Asian nation has been busy ramping up its purchases of U.S. pork.
Early last week, China also exempted a total of 79 American products from tariffs.
The new list of exemptions was made public just one day after China suspended imports from four Australian beef processing plants due to labeling and health concerns.