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Mini-Deal Rationale; Incongruous Negotiations

Mini-Deal Rationale The details are not complete at this time, but reports indicate that the Trump Administration has reached a partial agreement with the Chinese on a slew of different issues. In exchange for the U.S. not moving forward with additional trade tariffs, China has reportedly agreed to: • Step up agricultural purchases • Improve intellectual property protection • Work to block Fentanyl shipments to the U.S. • Boost energy purchases • Adopt currency manipulation language similar to that in USMCA There are likely other details and China had already moved to eliminate restrictions on foreign ownership in financial services. In the end, each side had its own reasons for reducing trade tensions. For t...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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