US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer confirmed again on Sunday that the phase one trade deal with China is “totally done, absolutely”. He also told CBS that it’s “not just about agriculture and other purchases”. He emphasized, “the way to think about this deal, is this is a first step in trying to integrate two very different systems to the benefit of both of us.”
Though, he also admitted that “ultimately, whether this whole agreement works is going to be determined by who’s making the decisions in China, not in the United States”. “If the hardliners are making the decisions, we’re going to get one outcome. If the reformers are making the decisions, which is what we hope, then we’re going to get another outcome”, he added.