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Phase One Status; Small Beer

Phase One Status China’s Foreign Ministry yesterday said it remains committed to the Phase One trade deal it reached with the U.S. but warned it will respond to “bullying” from Washington. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) calculates that China has purchased $9 billion worth of U.S. food, agricultural, and seafood products during the first half of 2020 and needs to buy $27 billion more in products during the second half of the "phase one" target year. WPI asked readers’ opinions on the prospects of China fulfilling its obligations and the outcome was split right down the middle (see graph below); 47 percent thought China would buy most or all of what it promised, and 47 percent said it would p...

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