An outbreak of coronavirus can affect the trade deal the U.S. and China

an Outbreak of coronavirus can affect the Chinese buying of American agricultural products in the framework of trade agreements the first phase, the adviser said the White house’s national security, Robert O’brien. About it reports Reuters.

“We expect the deal for the first phase will enable China to import more food and will open these markets to American farmers, but, of course, because we are seeing an outbreak of coronavirus takes place in China, this may affect how big will be, at least in the current year procurement,” said O’brien at the event at the Atlantic Council.

January 15, the US and China signed a trade agreement the first phase. As part of the deal in the next two years China agrees to invest in the purchase of American goods by $ 200 billion more than in 2017. Including China should increase purchases of American agricultural products at $ 40 billion over the next two years.

last week, U.S. President Donald trump and Chinese President XI Jinping reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of trade agreements the first phase.

O’brien also said on Tuesday that China plays an important role in the global supply chain, and coronavirus may cause interruptions therein.

“there is No doubt that the virus may have an impact on the US economy and the world economy”, he added.