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UPDATE 2-China dismisses Trump agri purchase claim, says honoring pledges

Hallie Gu and Tom Daly

* NDRC says claims China not buying US agri products 'groundless'

* China bought U.S. beans, wheat, pork from July 19-Aug 2 - NDRC

* NDRC says 2 mln T of China-bound U.S. soy to be loaded in Aug (Adds detail in paragraphs 5, 11 and 12)

BEIJING, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Beijing is honoring its pledges to buy U.S. agricultural products, state media cited China's state planning body saying, dismissing an accusation from U.S. President Donald Trump that it had not met purchasing promises in the sector.

Trump had said on Thursday that Beijing had not fulfilled a promise to buy large volumes of U.S. farm products and vowed to impose new tariffs on around $300 billion of Chinese goods, abruptly ending a truce in the Sino-U.S. trade war.

The U.S. accusations that China did not buy U.S. agricultural products were "groundless," state broadcaster CCTV on Monday reported an official from China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as saying.

China bought 130,000 tonnes of soybeans, 120,000 tonnes of sorghum, 60,000 tonnes of wheat, 40,000 tonnes of pork and products, and 25,000 tonnes of cotton from the United States between July 19 and Aug. 2, the official said.

Beijing also purchased 75,000 tonnes of hay, 5,700 tonnes of dairy products, 4,500 tonnes of processed fruits, and 400 tonnes of fresh fruits from the United States during the same period, the official added.

Chinese firms have applied for tariff exemptions on those purchases, the report said.

Beijing offered tariff breaks on U.S. agricultural products to some importers in another goodwill gesture to the United States during the short-lived trade truce.


China is also honoring agreements signed earlier to import U.S. soybeans, the official said, noting that 2.27 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans had been loaded and shipped to China in July, since Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Osaka at the G20 summit at the end of June.

Two million tonnes of U.S. soybeans destined for China will be loaded in August, followed by another 300,000 tonnes in September.

Chinese state firms COFCO and Sinograin booked around 14 million tonnes of U.S. soybeans following a truce agreed by leaders of the two countries last December.

China has not bought ethanol, corn, soybean oil, wine or beer from the United States, as prices of these products are not competitive, said Cong Liang, secretary general of China's NDRC, CCTV reported.

The United States should refrain from making groundless accusations and instead break down barriers while creating conditions for smooth Sino-U.S. agriculture trade, Cong said.

However the figures cited do not show China's plans for future purchases, particularly in light of Trump's latest threats. Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported earlier on Monday that China has asked state firms to halt U.S. agriculture imports.

China's soymeal futures rose as much 3% to a one-month high on Monday on renewed Sino-U.S. trade tensions. (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly Editing by Christian Schmollinger and David Holmes)