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Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy and China; Crop Expansion in Brazil; Canada Crop Estimates Revised

U.S. Not Positioned to Export Many Soybeans to China Soon Canada’s arrest of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s CFO at the request of the U.S. has further clouded the outlook for resolution of the U.S./China trade dispute. Such action could not have come at a worst time as it has only been five days since Presidents Trump and Xi agreed to a 90-day truce that would allow negotiations to proceed. Many had hoped the Buenos Aires agreement would result in a quick resumption of ag exports to China. Reports indicated the Chinese government has told its officials to begin the process of purchasing soybeans, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other products from the U.S. While the arrest of the Huawei executive may not bring that to a halt, it...

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