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RELEASE: KIEL TO ATTEND WHITE HOUSE SIGNING CEREMONY FOR U.S.-CHINA TRADE AGREEMENT

Friday, January 10, 2020

News Release 
 

KIEL TO ATTEND WHITE HOUSE SIGNING CEREMONY FOR U.S.-CHINA TRADE AGREEMENT 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, will attend the signing ceremony of the U.S.-China trade agreement in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. The agreement encompasses reforms in the areas of agriculture, intellectual property, technology transfer, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange.

"It is an honor to be invited to the White House for the signing of this exciting new trade agreement. As a farmer and legislator for a district that relies heavily on agriculture, I know this is welcomed news for the agriculture community. We need strong trade agreements that are fair for the United States and open up markets for Minnesota agriculture in other countries. This is a positive first step toward a broader deal with China that will be a boost for farmers across Minnesota and the United States."

This Phase 1 agreement was finalized last month and is expected to boost Chinese purchases of farm, energy, and manufactured goods, as well as to cut tariffs. According to the White House, the agreement will lead to a major expansion of U.S. food and agriculture exports, "increasing American farm and fishery income, generating more rural economic activity, and promoting job growth".

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