President Trump is doing more to improve the U.S.-China relationship than any president in decades, and this final beef protocol agreement represents even more concrete progress. As we clear away long-standing issues like this one, focusing on near-term, verifiable deliverables, we are building a sound foundation for further discussions.
So in a weird way, the fact that we have been so free-trade oriented historically actually impedes our ability to make new free-trade agreements. And that’s something that I don’t think is very well understood, so I think it would actually do your readers a very good service to point out to them that the fact that we have made so many unilateral concessions impedes having more free-trade agreements with other countries. It’s an oddity of the way that we’ve behaved in the past.
—Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
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