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Tomorrow’s Trade Deal Revelations; Subsidies Agreement; Future of Futures

Tomorrow’s Trade Deal Revelations The actual text of a bilateral trade deal between the U.S. and China is supposed to be released tomorrow, although key parts will be missing. Thus far, information about the agreement has been the verbal spin of Trump Administration officials. One point made clear is that there are specific commitments for China’s commodity imports, but they will not be made transparent to the public. There is the value target of $200 billion worth of Chinese purchases of commodities over two years, including $80 billion for agriculture, but the composition of the trade is speculative. Officials understandably note that it will include value-added products such as pet food, ethanol, nuts, fruits and vegetables...

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