(CNSNews.com) - Even as the COVID-19 pandemic spread out of the People’s Republic of China and hit the United States in the initial months of this year, the United States continued importing more products from China than from any other country--and also running a larger trade deficit with China than with any other country.
From January through April, according to data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States imported approximately $107 billion in goods from China.
At the same time, the United States exported only $30.6 billion in goods to China—thus, accumulating a $76.4 billion trade deficit.
Mexico ranked as the second top source of imports to the United States in the first four months of the year. From January through April, the United States importing approximately $103 billion in Mexican goods.
Canada ranked as the third source of imports with the United Stated bringing in approximately $89.8 billion in Canadian goods.
Japan was fourth with the United States bringing in $42.9 billion in Japanese imports; and Germany was fifth with the United States bringing in $39.5 billion in German imports.
South Korea ($25.2 billion), Ireland ($22.6 billion), Vietnam ($22.3 billion), Switzerland ($21.6 billion), and the United Kingdom ($18.3 billion) rounded out the Top Ten countries that were sources for goods imported into the United States in the first four months of 2020.
After China ($76.4 billion), the other nine countries that ranked in the Top Ten for U.S. trade deficits during the first four months of the year were Mexico ($30.5 billion), Ireland ($19.6 billion), Germany ($19.5 billion), Japan ($19.3 billion), Vietnam ($18.6 billion), Switzerland ($16.4 billion), Malaysia ($9.3 billion), Italy ($9.3 billion), and Thailand ($7.4 billion).
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that China “covered up” the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan and has not fully cooperated with the United States in fighting the virus.
“China saw then that it had an emerging public health crisis on its hands. They knew,” Pompeo said in a May 6 briefing.
“China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. China could have spared the world a descent into global economic malaise. They had a choice,” Pompeo said.
“But instead, instead China covered up the outbreak in Wuhan,” he said.
“Its National Health Commission ordered virus samples destroyed on January 3rd. China ‘disappeared’ brave Chinese citizens who raised alarms. It deployed its propaganda organs to denounce those who politely called for simple transparency,” Pompeo said.
“China is still refusing to share the information we need to keep people safe, such as viral isolates, clinical specimens, and details about the many COVID-19 patients in December 2019, not to mention ‘patient zero,’” Pompeo said in that May 6 briefing.
“Our truth-telling and calls for transparency aren’t about politics. It’s not about bullying. It’s not about blame. It’s about the ongoing need to save American lives,” Pompeo said.