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Tokyo Challenges Beijing: While the EU has been reluctant to join a trade war with the U.S. against China, Japan’s Shinzō Abe appears to have sided with Washington. First, he supported a G7 statement against Beijing’s new controls over Hong Kong and now he has offered the island’s financial sector workers a refuge. Tensions across the East China Sea are likely to rise.  Trade Policy Agenda: USTR Robert Lighthizer appears before the two top trade committees of the U.S. Congress next week to discuss his Office’s agenda for the rest of the year. After an op-ed article last week that sounded more like the Democratic Party than his own, Congressional Democrats may be previewing how their Party’s presumptive pr...

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Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.365/bushel, down $0.0825 from yesterday's close.  Sep 20 Wheat closed at $5.2475/bushel, down $0.0925 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $8.7525/bushel, down $0.155 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $291.7/short ton, down $...

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