US officials have said that the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet shown an impact on the US-China phase-one trade deal. With China's economy progressing steadily towards full capacity, China is likely to be willing and able to meet its purchase commitments.
The phase-one deal requires China to increase purchases of US goods and services by USD 200bn in 2020-21 against the 2017 baseline. The commitments are ambitious, but they are also backloaded: the total commitment for 2020 is a USD 76.7bn increase, compared to a USD 123.3bn increase in 2021. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on 23 Fe
Putin has signed into law an amendment that equates calls for the alienation of Russian territory with extremism. The implication is that anyone in Russia advocating Japan’s position in the territorial dispute over S Kurils is committing an extremist act. https://www.interfax-russia.ru/main/podpisan-zakon-o-priravnivanii-otchuzhdeniya-chasti-territorii-rf-k-ekstremizmu