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Sino-American Mirage; Eye for an Eye; Product Confusion

Sino-American Mirage (Shèn jĭng) The reports out of Beijing are that U.S. and Chinese negotiators have made great progress in their trade talks, enough to extend them for a day. China continues to make positive gestures like soybean purchases and new biotech trait approvals (canola, corn and soybeans). The Americans claim to have hard ambitions when it comes to the Middle Kingdom’s necessary structural changes and will insist on an enforcement mechanism with appropriate punishments for failure. It is a complicated negotiation, but past is likely prologue. Biotech traits were last approved in July 2017, and then it was only due to intensive pressure from Washington. Beijing is highly paternalistic regarding its economy, which...

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