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Trade War End or Beginning; Industry Makeover

Trade War End or Beginning Some analysts are saying that the downward pressure on both the U.S. and Chinese economies will force a close to the trade war. There are indications that progress is being made with China looking at western-proposed restrictions on government control of business data transfers, and the People’s Congress Standing Committee now considering a new foreign investment law ending the forced handover of technology. However, USTR Robert Lighthizer is reportedly not going down without a fight, supposedly advising President Trump that additional tariffs are needed on Chinese imports to gain more meaningful concessions from Beijing.  Industry Makeover Government policy making has always lagged the market and no...

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Weighing in on strategic realignment

WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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