China soymeal futures rise 3.2 pct on trade war fears

BEIJING, April 4 (Reuters) -

* China's soymeal futures jumped as much as 3.2 percent on Wednesday amid growing fears that an escalating trade showdown between the United States and China could impact soybean prices

* The January 2019 contract traded on the Dalian Commodity Exchange rose as much as 3.2 percent to 3,241 yuan ($515.20)per tonne

* "The domestic market is worried about trade war issues," said Yang Linqin, an analyst at Cofco Futures. "Before the September contract, a lot of cargoes have already been bought so the impact on next year's contracts is bigger."

* The most-active contract for September 2018 delivery was up 1.08 percent to 3,189 yuan per tonne

* Chinese soymeal futures last week rose to their highest since July 2016, tracking U.S. soy after a bullish plantings forecast

* Chinese soymeal prices are now being further supported by this week's trade announcements by Beijing and Washington, said analysts

* The Trump administration said late on Tuesday it was targeting tariffs on 1,300 Chinese goods, or about $50 billion of estimated 2018 imports. Beijing said will retaliate, which could include U.S. soybeans

* Tariffs on U.S. soybeans would push up costs for crushers that turn the beans into soymeal for animal feed for China's livestock industry

* The most-active soybean futures on DCE for delivery in May also rose 1.83 percent by midday to 3,845 yuan per tonne, their highest level for the most-active contract since November last year

($1 = 6.2908 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)