China halts some US farm imports

(VOVWORLD) - Bloomberg news agency reported Monday that Chinese government officials told major state-run agricultural companies to pause purchases of some American farm goods due to the escalation of tensions with the US over Hong Kong and the COVID-19 pandemic.

State-owned traders Cofco and Sinograin were ordered to suspend purchases including soybeans.

Chinese buyers have also canceled an unspecified number of US pork orders. Private companies haven’t been told to halt imports.