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China Plants Hefty Tax on U.S. Sorghum

China’s imports of sorghum surged to 4.76 million tons last year from 317,000 tons in 2013, while their price declined by 31% over the period to $200 per ton in 2017. Photo: VCG
China’s imports of sorghum surged to 4.76 million tons last year from 317,000 tons in 2013, while their price declined by 31% over the period to $200 per ton in 2017. Photo: VCG

China announced Tuesday a hefty anti-dumping tax on imports of the grain sorghum from the U.S., hours after Washington banned Chinese telecom equipment-maker ZTE Corp. from buying components from American suppliers.

The announcement underlines the re-escalation of trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies just as they had appeared to calm.

Preliminary findings from a government investigation that started in February showed that American companies have been selling sorghum in China at prices under market value, a practice known as “dumping,” the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement.

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