Beijing/Singapore — Commodity traders and analysts are struggling to map out how China will reach the eye-popping amounts it is committing to buy from the US under phase one of their trade deal.

China has pledged to buy $50bn more in US energy supplies, and will raise US agriculture purchases by some $32bn over two years above 2017’s $24bn baseline, according to a source briefed on the deal to be signed on Wednesday. The deal also stipulates purchases of an additional $80bn in manufactured goods...

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