An official with the Trump Administration says trade negotiations are ongoing with country around the globe.
Chief Agriculture Negotiator Greg Dowd, in Nebraska for the Midwest US – Japan Association Conference, agrees with President Trump that bilateral trade negotiations work better than multi-nation agreements and says the administration wants a bilateral trade agreement with Japan.
“It takes two to tango and so we have to figure out how to get our two nations together and get headed down that road,” Dowd tells Brownfield Ag News.
Dowd says he came to his job at the United States Trade Representative office late, due to a long confirmation process. That has put him behind and given him a sense of urgency.
Dowd says talks are underway with Japan, Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom, as well as several African nations.
“We’ve got a lot to get done in a short period of time and we’re working on it,” Dowd says “At some point here, China is also a part of that equation. So, we’ll have to see how all that goes, but we’ve got a lot of other things in addition to China that we’re working on as well.”
Dowd calls the trade dispute with China “pretty serious.”
He points out the United States has filed two of the largest World Trade Organization agricultural cases in history against China. One is a leftover case from the Obama Administration which accuses China of overspending on agricultural subsidies by as much as $100 billion.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]