The Coronavirus outbreak will affect China’s ability to meet the demands of its recent trade deal with the Trump administration.

The outbreak that occurred just after the Jan. 15 trade deal has led to the unprecedented quarantine of tens of tens of millions of Chinese residents that will undoubtedly curtail the country’s economic output.

“As part of the phase one deal signed on January 15, China is obliged to buy US$200 billion in additional US imports over two years on top of pre-trade war purchase levels,” reported the South China Morning Post. “However, with the outbreak driving down commodity prices and placing huge swathes of Chinese territory on lockdown, analysts are warning that import targets that already seemed aspirational have become even tougher to reach.”



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