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Trump’s China Mystery; The EU Bullseye; SOEs in Focus

Trump’s China Mystery U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s characterization of his negotiations with the Chinese are not adding up unless Xi’s government is having troubles. He has softened his strategy, and the Chinese are playing nice. He is as unconventional as ever. Mr. Trump’s branded art of the deal is pressure and leverage. He imposed a 90-day limit on the negotiations with Beijing, reflecting a common sense view that there would be no pressure to reach an agreement without a deadline. However, the deadline has now vanished, and he’s holding back on his earlier commitment to impose more tariffs if there is no deal. Instead, he now says, “I’m in no rush. I want the deal to be right.”...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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