Censky: Ball is in China’s court

A USDA deputy secretary says the ball is in China’s court regarding the current trade dispute. It’s hard to predict what will transpire at the G20 Summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi, said Steve Censky, Deputy Secretary at the USDA. It depends, said Censky, on whether China is “willing to come to the table in a meaningful, robust way to address long standing market access concerns” held by the U.S.

“Whether it affects poultry or beef, their biotech approval processes, other products and the intellectual property or not,” said Censky. “That’s going to really determine how the meeting goes.”

News of the proposed meeting later this month in Argentina is widely viewed to be at least a hopeful sign of progress toward an easing of trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

Censky, now a year on the job at the USDA after having served as the CEO of the American Soybean Association, spoke to Brownfield at an Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City gathering Friday.

AUDIO: Steve Censky (5 min. MP3)

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