US may become majority source for China’s crude imports after trade deal

ICIS | January 20, 2020

The first phase trade deal between the US and China will need China to heavily expand purchases of US crude oil, and that could mean potentially over 60% of China’s additional crude imports in 2020 will be grabbed by the US, according to ICIS analysts. Under the phase one deal signed on Wednesday, China will increase imports of US energy products by $52.4bn in two years, with around 35% ($18.5bn) for 2020 and some 65% ($33.9bn) for 2021. That gives energy a share of 26% in the total $200bn of additional imports China has committed to purchase.

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On March 12, 2018, President Donald Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. Members of the Commission include Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”), Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) (succeeding former Attorney General Jeff Sessions), Secretary Alex Azar II of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), and Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”).

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On March 12, 2018, President Donald Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe. Members of the Commission include Secretary Betsy DeVos of the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”), Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) (succeeding former Attorney General Jeff Sessions), Secretary Alex Azar II of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), and Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”).

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Equifax | March 15, 2022

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SAIC | December 02, 2020

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