The US government has not yet formally announced that it will not buy chemical fibers from China, according to a White House report that cites US military officials as citing “continued development concerns.”
The announcement comes as the United States, China, Russia, and other major energy exporters prepare to hold a meeting this week in Washington, DC to discuss the possibility of buying the bulk of China’s domestic supply of chemical fibers, the White House said on Thursday.
The US government did not provide a reason for the delay, and did not elaborate on why the US did not buy more fibers from the country.
The US will buy 100,000 tons of Chinese fibers annually, according a document prepared for the meeting.
China is a major buyer of US military equipment, including tanks and drones, and a major contributor to the military budgets of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Turkey.
China also contributes to the US military budget through military cooperation agreements.
China’s National Chemical Corporation (NCC) is the largest supplier of chemical fiber to the United State.
The company is based in the city of Shenzhen, a city in southwest China’s Guangdong province.
China has been working to diversify its military-to-military relationship with the United Americans in recent years.
Last year, the US signed a $10 billion military aid deal with China.
The agreement, known as the Defense Trade and Security Partnership (DTSP), has helped Chinese military companies secure billions of dollars in military contracts from the US government.
In addition to the chemical fiber deal, the administration is considering new military aid to China, as well as a $500 million military-technical aid package.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to deliver a report on the US’s military posture to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.