China says soybean, pork imports from U.S. rebound significantly in December

BEIJING (Reuters) - China customs vice minister Zou Zhiwu said Tuesday that China’s imports from the United States rebounded in November and December, and that positive U.S.-China trade sentiment has boosted companies’ confidence in December.

Zou added that Chinese agricultural imports from the United States were at 14.1 billion yuan ($2 billion) in December, and that soybean, pork imports rebounded significantly in the month.

China and the United States are due to sign a Phase 1 trade deal this week, although significant issues still remain at play in the long-standing trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

($1 = 6.8726 Chinese yuan)

Reporting by Yawen Chen and Se Young Lee