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Branstad Departs; Speculatively Correct; Bullish Tractors

Branstad Departs Former Iowa governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is departing his post in Beijing. Some call it a perilous time to leave given souring bilateral relations, others say it is only because he needs to campaign for Mr. Trump’s re-election. Alternatively, U.S.-China relations are soured but not bitter, he has already served for three years, which is a long-time in a grueling job he would likely be departing anyway, and he is protesting Beijing’s decision to block his article from appearing in the China Daily news. Either way, there has likely been no greater friend to U.S. agriculture in that diplomatic post, and unlikely to be one in the future since the rivalry has grown far more strategic in natur...

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