Just four months after taking office, the Trump administration has made it clear that the LNG export industry will be a priority for the U.S. going forward. Less than a month after Gary Cohn, the director of Trump’s National Economic Council, named the permitting of the Jordan Cove project as his first priority, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a trade agreement between Washington and Beijing that would open up Chinese markets for U.S. LNG exports, among other things.

Though much of President Donald Trump’s trade rhetoric had been focused on China throughout the campaign and the beginning of his term, he has largely fixated on trying to right the imbalance of trade between the two countries rather than attempt to end or reduce trade altogether. Indeed, this deal that will encourage American exports to China and potentially lend support to the idea of Chinese investment in U.S. infrastructure falls in line with Trump’s stated goals of restoring the global power of the U.S.