A report from a Chinese agricultural bank says U.S. imports of agricultural products fell to their lowest level since 2007 in 2016.
The report comes as the Trump administration and Congress are working on a bill to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.
The U.K. and France also imposed similar tariffs on the Chinese products they were importing in response to Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea.
China has been expanding its influence in the global economy and its growing economy has been blamed for contributing to a spike in U.N. climate change talks.
The agribusesies report, from the Agricultural Bank of China, said Chinese imports of products from the United States dropped 9.7% to $5.3 billion in the first half of 2017.
It said that in the same period, U.s. imports rose 7.2%.
The Chinese report did not provide any data on what happened to U.C. imports from the U.M.F.