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China Books Fresh Deal for 828,000 Tonnes of U.S. Soybeans

CHICAGO, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. exporters sold 828,000 tonnes of soybeans to China, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, the second sale announced since the two countries concluded their latest round of negotiations last week to end their trade war.

The USDA, in its daily reporting system, said that private exporters indicated the deal was for the 2018/19 marketing year, which ends on Aug. 31.

China has stepped up its purchases of U.S. soybeans during negotiations to end the trade war between the two countries, but the amount purchased remained well below typical levels. The U.S. soybean stockpile has ballooned to record levels during the dispute.

Trade talks are set to resume this week in Washington with a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He. U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that trade talks with China were going very well, but cautioned that he would not accept anything less than a “great deal.”

China’s State Council said on Sunday the country would continue to suspend additional tariffs on U.S. vehicles and auto parts after April 1 in a goodwill gesture following a U.S. decision to delay tariff hikes on Chinese imports. (Reporting by Mark Weinraub; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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